Syria: Military Intervention

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 23rd April 2018.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Co-Leader of the Green Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to his article in the Sunday Times on 15 April 2018, entitled Chemical weapons can never be tolerated, if he will publish the full risk assessment made of the risks posed to civilians of the destruction of the Him Shinshar site near Homs by British missiles.

Photo of Mark Lancaster Mark Lancaster The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

We will not publish the full risk assessment undertaken in relation to the strikes on the Him Shinshar site on 14 April 2018; it is our consistent policy not to publish such information. These strikes were conducted following a rigorous scrutiny and approval process in conjunction with scientific analysis by DSTL and others. In line with International Humanitarian Law, the UK strives to protect civilians from the effects of military action. All assessments of the operation have demonstrated that no collateral damage was caused by our strikes.

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