UK's May to face angry lawmakers over Syria airstrikes

After Syria strikes, PM May to face critical parliament

Theresa May to face MPs over lack of vote before military action in Syria

"You will see that Russian sanctions will be coming down", she said.

In Damascus, hundreds of Syrians gathered Monday in Omayyad Square in Damascus, rallying in support of their armed forces, which they said had succeeded in confronting the airstrikes by the West. "Unfettered access essential", the British delegation based in The Hague said in a tweet on Monday.

The missile strikes were seen as a sign of deepening US involvement in the 7-year-old Syria conflict.

"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 plans to say, according to excerpts of her speech - linking the chemical attack in Syria with the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter last month with a military-grade nerve agent in the English city of Salisbury.

On Monday, Syrian and Russian authorities prevented investigators from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) from going to the scene, the head of the OPCW said, blocking worldwide efforts to establish what happened and who was to blame.

Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said missiles did not hit any of the air bases.

"It is not about regime change", said Theresa May, Britain's prime minister.

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More than 100 missiles were fired on the Syrian regime in three separate blitzes aimed at chemical weapon sites in Damascus and the Homs area.

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Russian officials last week claimed British intelligence agencies had helped stage the suspected chemical attack in Douma.

Such a strike would have been three times the size of the military action that was eventually carried out by the US, UK and France in the early hours of last Saturday in which a total of 105 missiles were launched at Syrian targets.

President Donald Trump's decision to launch airstrikes on Syria - meant to punish President Bashar Assad for his suspected use of chemical weapons in an attack near Damascus last week - could hurt America's image in the Middle East, according to Ryan Crocker, the former USA ambassador to Syria.

Foreign Minister Boris Johnson defended the strikes, saying Britain had a duty to show Syria had not "got away" with using chemical weapons.

"We are considering additional sanctions on Russian Federation and a decision will be made in the near future", White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday.

She called for a full parliamentary debate on the matter.

At a Saturday press briefing, Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr. said, "None of our aircraft or missiles involved in this operation were successfully engaged by Syrian air defenses, and we have no indication that Russian air-defense systems were employed".

Syria said the strikes failed to achieve their goal and breached worldwide law.

French President Emmanuel Macron, however, on Sunday told a French television network that he had "convinced him that it's necessary to be there...we also convinced him that the strikes had to be limited to chemical weapons capabilities".

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