Chemical weapons inspectors will be able to access the site of an alleged poison attack in Syria on Wednesday, Russia has said. Roads into Douma were still being cleared, an official added, following accusations by the UK that Russia and Syria were blocking the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons from the area.
The pledge came as MPs prepared for a second emergency debate on the use of Britain’s armed forces in Saturday’s air strikes. Jeremy Corbyn and others have criticised Theresa May for not giving parliament a vote on military action. The prime minister defended the bombings as “a limited, targeted strike on a legal basis that has been used before”.
Overnight a new missile attack targeted Syria’s Sharyat air base, near Homs, state media reported. The country’s air defences shot down a number of missiles, Syria’s state television and pro-Iranian Hezbollah media said, while more projectiles were said to have targeted the Dumair air field north-east of Damascus.
A Pentagon spokesman said there was no US military activity in that area at this time and an Israeli military spokesman, when asked about the missile attack, said: “We don’t comment on such reports.”
During Monday evening’s debate Ms May insisted: “We have not done this because President Trump asked us to do so.
“We have done it because we believed it was the right thing to do. And we are not alone: there is broad based international support for the action we have taken.”
However, Mr Corbyn suggested the UK had blindly followed Mr Trump into “legally questionable” strikes and re-iterated calls for a new War Powers Act to enshrine parliament’s right to be given a vote before the UK engages in military action.