This Monday, Aug. 26, 2013 image taken from amateur video footage provided by the Media Office Of Moadamiyeh purports to show medics assisting a man lying on a bed who appears to be shaking uncontrollably as a UN inspection team visits a makeshift hospital in Moadamiyeh, a suburb of the Syrian capital of Damascus. Doctors Without Borders said 355 people were killed in an artillery barrage by regime forces on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 that included the use of toxic gas. The media office of Moadamiyeh is a loosely organized Anti-Assad activist group based in Moadamieyh which posts video and still images of violence and other developments from the region. (AP Photo/Media Office Of Moadamiyeh)
LONDON — Prime Minister David Cameron today recalled Parliament for an urgent discussion and vote on a possible military response to the alleged chemical attack in Syria.
Cameron said the crisis session will be held Thursday, when Parliament would traditionally be on its summer recess. A clear motion will be considered by lawmakers, who have been urging Cameron to consult Parliament before any possible action against Syria.
Cameron’s office said that the UK is considering a “proportionate” response that would deter Syrian President Bashar Assad from using chemical weapons in the future.
The decision on the recall came as the military drew up contingency plans for a possible military attack on Syria.
Britain’s Ministry of Defense also said that a planned Royal Air Force training mission involving British Typhoon fighter jets has been postponed. The jets were to have been deployed on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus.