British Prime Minister Theresa May said in a statement that she had authorized British armed forces to conduct “co-ordinated and targeted strikes” on the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons capability
The strike, conducted with the United States and France, was "limited and targeted", designed to minimize any civilian casualties, May said.
The MoD said the initial indications were that the precision weapons and meticulous target planning had "resulted in a successful attack". "This is not about intervening in a civil war. It is not about regime change," May said in a statement.
“I have done so because I judge this action to be in Britain’s national interest. We cannot allow the use of chemical weapons to become normalized – within Syria, on the streets of the UK, or anywhere else in our world. We would have preferred an alternative path. But on this occasion there is none,” she added.
Her statement came minutes after Donald Trump spoke to reporters in Washington, who called the chemical attack “crimes of a monster” and said US strikes would hit precision strikes on targets associated with chemical weapons capabilities.
May believes the strike was a response to significant evidence including intelligence showing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government was responsible for the attack using chemical weapons in Douma in Syria last Saturday that killed up to 75 people including children