Foreign-backed militants run for shelter during clashes with Syrian Army forces in the northern city of Aleppo. (File photo)
The British government has reiterated that a military action against Syria is legal even without the United Nations approval.
A summary of the UK government's legal advice claimed that a military intervention in Syria over the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government would be legally justified on “humanitarian” grounds even if blocked by the UN Security Council.
"If action in the Security Council is blocked, the UK would still be permitted under international law to take exceptional measures," the summary said.
Meanwhile, a letter from the chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC), blamed the chemical attack near Damascus on the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad.
Member of the parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee Julian Lewis, however, described the JIC’s summary as "inconclusive", saying the intelligence on which the report was based has not been disclosed.
A parliamentary vote on Britain’s involvement in immediate military action in Syria was delayed after Labour Party announced it wants to wait for a UN inspectors’ report.
The motion will ask British lawmakers to agree the principle that a "strong humanitarian response", including military action if necessary, is required.