LONDON — Britain says it will put forward a resolution Wednesday to the U.N. Security Council condemning the Syrian government for the alleged chemical attack that has killed hundreds of civilians.
A statement from Prime Minister David Cameron's office said Britain would seek a measure `'authorizing necessary measures to protect civilians" in Syria. Military force is one of the options that can be authorized under Chapter 7 of the U.N. charter.
The decision came as momentum appeared to build for Western military action against Syria, with the U.S. and France saying they are in position for a military strike.
The prospect of a U.S.-led intervention into Syria's civil war stems from the West's assertion – still not endorsed by U.N. inspectors – that President Bashar Assad's government was responsible for an alleged chemical attack on civilians outside Damascus on Aug. 21, which Assad denies.
Doctors Without Borders says that attack killed 355 people.