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9 Apr, 2018 15:19

Syria chemical attack: Theresa May says Assad’s allies should be held to account

Syria chemical attack: Theresa May says Assad’s allies should be held to account

Prime Minister Theresa May said all supporters of Syria’s leader Bashar Assad should be held to account over an alleged chemical attack on a formerly rebel-held town. Russia says there is currently no evidence of the attack.

Speaking in Copenhagen, Denmark, the Tory leader said that if allegations of a chemical attack against the town of Douma, Eastern Ghouta are confirmed, Assad – along with his allies, which include Iran and Russia – should pay the price.

"Yes, this is about the actions, the brutal actions of Assad and his regime, but it's also about the backers of that regime. And, of course, Russia is one of those backers," May said during a news conference in Denmark.

"This is a brutal regime that is attacking its own people, and we are very clear that it must be held to account, and its backers must be held to account too,” she told reporters as she stood beside her Danish counterpart, Lars Lokke Rasmussen, a close ally.

Allegations of the attack in Eastern Ghouta on Saturday, which is thought to have killed 70 people, were reported by the humanitarian aid group, the White Helmets. The group, however, has itself been repeatedly accused of having ties to terrorists.

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Syria and Russia have rejected the claims as “fabrication,” while Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said no evidence has been found of chemical weapons being deployed in Douma.

Theresa May’s comments come after the US and France threatened a "joint, strong response," with US President Donald Trump tweeting that there will be a “big price to pay” for the attack.

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