Syrian regime 'highly likely' to blame for chemical attack, United Kingdom says

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Cabinet ministers agreed "on the need to take action" in Syria to "deter the further use of chemical weapons", Downing Street has said.

Shortly after the military strikes were launched, Scotland's first minister Nicola Sturgeon said UK foreign policy should be set by Parliament and not Donald Trump after the US, UK and France bombed targets in Syria. Two health facilities were also reportedly affected by these attacks.

"I believe that the action taken will have significantly degraded the Syrian regime's ability to use chemical weapons", she said.

Ministers "agreed the prime minister should continue to work with allies in the United States and France to coordinate an global response", May's office added.

"This collective action sends a clear message that the global community will not stand by and tolerate the use of chemical weapons", May told a press conference.

She dismissed as "grotesque and absurd" a claim by Russian Federation, which joined the war in 2015 to back Assad, that Britain had staged the Douma attack. On Wednesday, Trump appeared to suggest airstrikes were imminent, warning Russia, Syria's key ally, to "get ready" for military action.

"We hope that there will be no point of no return, that the U.S. and the allies will refrain from military action against sovereign states", he said.

"We can not allow the use of chemical weapons to become normalized - either within Syria, on the streets of the United Kingdom or elsewhere", May told reporters in Downing Street.

Sturgeon said the suspected use of chemical weapons was "sickening", but warned that the latest action risked "dangerous escalation". When asked if there would be more military action against Syria, Williamson said he thought the Western strikes had so far had sufficient effect.

May said she would address parliament on Monday about the strikes.

Correction: This article has been updated to correct the title of French President Emmanuel Macron.

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