'Bombs won't save lives' in Syria, opposition leader Corbyn tells May

'Bombs won't save lives' in Syria, opposition leader Corbyn tells May

'Bombs won't save lives' in Syria, opposition leader Corbyn tells May

United Kingdom opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn has accused Prime Minister Theresa May of "trailing after Donald Trump" in ordering missile strikes against Syria, adding that May should have sought parliamentary approval for the move.

The Labour leader spoke out after Cabinet ministers agreed "on the need to take action" in Syria to "deter the further use of chemical weapons".

"Bombs won't save lives or bring about peace", the Labour leader said in a withering statement about the strikes, which he labelled "legally questionable".

The group said it "strongly condemned" the action and accused May of "sanctioning killing" at US President Donald Trump's behest.

"The Government should do whatever possible to push Russian Federation and the United States to agree to an independent UN-led investigation of last weekend's horrific chemical weapons attack so that those responsible can be held to account".

The prime minister spoke to Donald Trump by phone on Thursday night about the crisis, with the two leaders agreeing to work closely together on the worldwide response.

A statement from Downing Street added: "They agreed to keep working closely together on the global response".

Sources say the PM is prepared to take action against the Assad regime without first seeking parliamentary consent.

Many politicians, including some in May's own Conservative Party, had backed his call for parliament to be asked before any military strike.

Diane Abbott, the shadow home secretary, went further, saying the Labour party believed there was no military answer to the Syrian crisis.

"The reason they are not doing it is they are frightened they will lose the vote".

Theresa May will set out the evidence that she believes shows the Syrian government was responsible, and she will set out the military options being considered with USA and French allies.

She was asked three time whether she believed Russia or the U.S. was a greater threat to world peace, before conceding that, "at this point", given its role in Syria and Salisbury, Russia posed the higher risk.

Mrs May has said "all the indications" are that the Syrian regime of president Bashar al-Assad, which denies mounting a chemical attack, was responsible.

Corbyn said the strikes will make assigning blame for the use of chemical weapons in Syria "less, not more likely".

The diplomatic discussions are starting to feel like part of a waiting game.

Mrs May has described the alleged use of chemical weapons as a "humanitarian catastrophe" that "cannot go unchallenged".

Jeremy Corbyn has accused the United Kingdom government of "waiting for instructions" from the USA on how to proceed in the Syrian crisis after the allies vowed to work closely together on an worldwide response.

"We hope that there will be no point of no return - that the USA and their allies will refrain from military action against a sovereign state", Mr Nebenzia said, adding that "the danger of escalation is higher than simply Syria". "Could be very soon or not so soon at all", he added.

Douma and the rest of eastern Ghouta had been a significant rebel stronghold throughout Syria's civil war and its surrender came after years of siege by Assad's troops and a months-long military offensive.

May is certain to face MPs' anger on Monday when parliament returns from recess.

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