UK ‘backs airstrikes’ against Assad regime if it has used chemical weapons in Eastern Ghouta

London British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Tuesday that there was a case for limited military strikes if there was incontrovertible evidence of further use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime against civilians.

The Independent reported that Johnson appeared to back airstrikes against the Assad regime if it has used chemical weapons in opposition-held Eastern Ghouta, saying the West must “stand idly by”.

Addressing the House of Commons, the foreign secretary argued there was “no military solution that can impose” to bring peace to war-torn Syria. But he agreed that there was a case for “limited strikes” if there was incontrovertible evidence of further use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime or their supporters.

He said many people believed the US “did the right thing” when it launched a cruise missile attack on a Syrian airfield last April in response to chemical weapon use. “I will certainly hope that the West does not stand idly by,” Johnson told MPs.

The urgent question came after a week in which Syrian army and its allies have inflicted one of the heaviest bombardments of the seven-year war on Eastern Ghouta, an enclave outside Damascus, killing more than 500 people.

Source: International Islamic News Agency