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Cornish Aid Workers Warn About Impact Of Military Intervention In Syria

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7:01am 28th August 2013

Pirate FM has been talking to Cornish aid workers helping refugees fleeing Syria.

It is as parliament is recalled to debate military action over chemical weapons.

David Cameron is chairing a meeting of the National Security Council on Wednesday, after cutting short his holiday in Cornwall.

But a new poll says Brits are against missile strikes by two to one.

Michael Johns works for Helston charity Shelterbox.

He is on one of the war torn country's borders and has told us military intervention could end up exacerbating the humanitarian crisis: "It's certainly not going to help. Something like seven million people have been forced to leave their homes in Syria - that's a third of the population. Approximately two million of them have left the country.

"Since we've been here we've been told the border has been closed again. A quota has been placed on the number who have come through and, overarching all of this, considerable uncertainty about what is happening and how the international response may impact."

The Prime Minister has said any action in Syria would be to deter the future use of chemical weapons as he blamed a suspected poison gas attack on the Assad regime.

Mr Cameron said the scenes of death and suffering in Damascus were "appalling" and "we cannot let that stand".

Britain's Armed Forces are drawing up plans for a potential military intervention in response to the alleged chemical attack in the Syrian capital, which is believed to have killed hundreds of civilians.

Mr Cameron said any intervention had to be legal and proportionate and would not be about the Syrian conflict itself but preventing the use of chemical weapons by any regime.

And he stressed no decisions about UK involvement have been made.

He said: "Let me stress to people, this is not about getting involved in a Middle Eastern war or changing our stance in Syria, or going further into that conflict. It's about chemical weapons. Their use is wrong and the world should not stand idly by."

7:01am 28th August 2013

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