A British Conservative lawmaker has warned the UK government not to consider Syria’s chemical weapons use as a “ploy” to increase involvement in Syria crisis.
Speaking at the BBC’s Newsnight programme, the MP for Basildon and Billericay John Baron said, “My worry is that the British government is using this [the alleged use of chemical weapons near the Syrian capital] as a ploy to draw us more and more into the conflict.”
This comes as British Foreign Secretary William Hague called for a United Nations probe into the alleged chemical attack, adding the UK had not confirmed the truth of claims that hundreds were killed in militant positions in the suburbs of Damascus.
On Wednesday, the head of the so-called opposition Syrian National Coalition, George Sabra, claimed that 1,300 people were killed in a government chemical attack on militant strongholds in Damascus suburbs of Ain Tarma, Zamalka and Jobar.
But the Syrian Army vehemently rejected allegations that it used chemical weapons against Takfiri militants, saying the accusations were fabricated to distract the visiting team of the UN chemical weapons experts and to cover up militants’ losses.
Britain has played a major role in fanning the flames of the two-year-old conflict in the Arab country by arming and training militants fighting against the Syrian government.