After Syria strikes, Britain's May to face critical parliament

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The leaders will be expected to answer for their decision to join the United States in launching missiles at suspected chemical weapons sites in Syria, in an attempt to punish President Bashar al-Assad's regime for the alleged chemical attack.

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) said it maintained its position that the Syrian crisis should be handled by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The Russian center for the reconciliation of conflicting parties on April 9 examined Douma to find no traces of chemical weapons.

She added: "I think that Parliament should have been recalled before the strike".

The strikes came after the Assad regime was accused of carrying out a chemical attack in Syria's Douma, which killed 78 civilians and injured hundreds of others.

"The only sensible course of action", the release said, "is the intensification of global efforts to find a lasting political solution based exclusively on the interests of the Syrian people and respecting the territorial integrity of Syria".

British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron were both due to face their respective legislatures on Monday.

A false alarm led to Syrian air defense missiles being fired overnight and there was no fresh attack on Syria, a commander in the regional military alliance that backs the Syrian government told Reuters.

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But, MPs did not get to vote on whether they approved of the decision to attack Syria's chemical weapons facilities.

The Assad regime has repeatedly used chemical weapons, including chlorine and nerve agents, during the seven-year war, despite a 2013 deal brokered by the United States and Russian Federation to remove Syria's chemical weapons. The Syrian government and its ally Russian Federation have denied involvement in any such attack.

Syria and Russian Federation have also denied that any chemical attack took place, and so far there has been no independent confirmation of civilian casualties. The mechanism would look at cases where the OPCW fact-finding mission has established chemical weapons were used or likely used.

Following weekend missile strikes on Syria by the US, France and Britain, Russia traded accusations with Western nations yesterday, dismissing as "a blatant lie" accusations that Moscow was hindering the investigation in Douma.

Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday, and in a joint statement released by the Kremlin they called the missile strike an "illegal action", that "seriously damages the prospects for a political settlement in Syria".

"The lowest-hanging fruit for Bashar al-Assad and his allies is not to target the United States military directly in Syria, but to try to degrade the efforts of the Syrian Democratic Forces to govern in the wake of IS", said Heras.

It didn't say who carried out the early Tuesday airstrikes.

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