British cabinet agrees 'need for action' in Syria

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May has not yet reached a final decision on whether Britain will join any strikes by the United States and France on Syria in response to a supposed chemical weapons attack, but the British premier wants to be able to act swiftly, the newspaper said.

The government said it is "highly likely" that Assad is responsible for the Douma attack, with ministers agreeing "it was vital that the use of chemical weapons did not go unchallenged".

She further expressed her disinterest towards the fact-finding mission conducted by the Organization of the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons while reiterating that as per the U.S. intelligence President Assad orchestrated the attack.

However, some of her MPs have expressed caution about getting involved in the complex conflict in Syria and are pressing for parliament to be recalled from its Easter break to discuss any action.

This image released by the Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets, shows a child receiving oxygen through respirators following an alleged poison gas attack in the rebel-held town of Douma, near Damascus, Syria.

"Cabinet agreed on the need to take action to alleviate humanitarian distress and to deter the further use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime", May's office said in a statement.

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"They agreed to keep working closely together on the global response", the statement concluded.

Mrs. May is reportedly prepared to take action without seeking parliamentary consent, as leaders have done before military action in recent times, and attack submarines, armed with cruise missiles, are understood to be moving into range.

The crisis has evoked memories of the Iraq War, which was approved by parliament and left 179 British soldiers dead and unleashed years of sectarian violence.

Corbyn has said any action in Syria should be put to a parliamentary vote.

May isn't legally required to get Parliament's backing for military action, though it is conventional for lawmakers to be given the chance to vote. Downing Street spokesmen repeatedly declined to comment on that report.

Many MPs have called for Britain to act against Syria, warning that the use of chemical weapons was in breach of worldwide law and could not be allowed to go unpunished. "All the indications are that the Syrian regime was responsible".

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