Bombing Syria was in Britain’s national interest and has had strong international support, Theresa May will insist as she tells Parliament why she ordered the attack.

The Prime Minister is expected to face angry MPs after launching military action without securing the support of the Commons.

But she will say the UK joined the United States and France in co-ordinated strikes following the chemical weapons attack in Douma to “alleviate further humanitarian suffering”.

The PM will say that United Nations Security Council-mandated inspectors have probed previous attacks and decided Bashar Assad’s regime was responsible four times.

“We are confident in our own assessment that the Syrian regime was highly likely responsible for this attack and that its persistent pattern of behaviour meant that it was highly likely to continue using chemical weapons,” she will add.

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France persuaded US president Donald Trump to stay in Syria and launch air strikes as punishment for an alleged chemical weapons attack, French president Emmanuel Macron has said.

Appearing live on French television BFM and online investigative site Mediapart, the 40-year-old leader said the US, Britain and France had “full international legitimacy to intervene” with the strikes, to enforce international humanitarian law.

The allies fired missiles early on Saturday at three chemical weapons facilities in Syria to punish the regime for the alleged attack on the town of Douma.

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About 100 people were forced to flee their homes after a fire broke out in a 17th-floor flat in east London.

A total of 58 firefighters rushed to the scene on Leather Gardens, Stratford, after 999 operators received dozens of calls from concerned members of the public.

The blaze had engulfed the flat, leaving it completely destroyed.

Pictures from social media showed flames and thick black smoke billowing from the flat’s windows.

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