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British PM should have consulted parliament before Syria attack, says UK opposition leader

April 14, 19:49 UTC+3 MOSCOW

"Theresa May should have sought parliamentary approval, not trailed after Donald Trump," says leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn

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MOSCOW, April 14. /TASS/. British Prime Minister Theresa May should have sought parliamentary approval before air strikes against Syria, Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn wrote on his Facebook page on Saturday.

"Theresa May should have sought parliamentary approval, not trailed after Donald Trump," he wrote.

"Britain should be playing a leadership role to bring about a ceasefire in the conflict, not taking instructions from Washington and putting British military personnel in harm’s way," he said, adding "this legally questionable action risks escalating further."

According to Corbyn, "bombs won’t save lives or bring about peace."

"Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have already been killed and millions displaced. The Government must take a diplomatic lead to negotiate a ceasefire in the conflict," he said.

Missile strike against Syria

According to data of Russia’s Defense Ministry, the missile strike against Syria’s military and civilian infrastructures was carried out by US planes and naval ships in cooperation with British and French air forces between 03:42 and 05:10 Moscow time on Saturday.

As the Russian Defense Ministry reported, the Syrian air defenses shot down 71 out of 103 missiles fired by the United States and its allies.

The United States, Britain and France said the strikes were in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria’s Douma.

On April 7, a number of NGOs, including the White Helmets, alleged that chemical weapons were used in Douma, Eastern Ghouta. According to the statement published on the organization’s website on April 8, chlorine bombs had been dropped on the city, killing dozens and poisoning many locals who had to be brought to the hospital.

The Russian Foreign Ministry dismissed that report as fake news. The Defense Ministry added that the White Helmets were notorious for spreading falsehoods.

Representatives of the Russian Center for the Reconciliation of the Warring Sides held a probe in Douma on April 9 but found no traces of chemical weapons use. On April 10, Damascus sent an official invitation to the OPCW to visit Eastern Ghouta. On the same day, OPCW Director-General Ahmet Uzumcu said the organization had made a decision to send its experts to Syria.

OPCW experts were due to begin their probe at the scene of the alleged chemical attack on Saturday.

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