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There is "anxiety and apprehension" in Syria over a potential missile strike by the international community in the wake of a chemical weapons attack, International Editor Bill Neely reported from Damascus.
The use of humanitarian grounds as justification to intervene in Syria is controversial, Sandesh Sivakumaran, associate professor of public international law at University of Nottingham, said
He said: "The legal position put forward most recently by the government is consistent with the UK's position on humanitarian intervention but many other states have rejected that doctrine or the right of humanitarian intervention.
"Recently we have also seen this doctrine of responsibility to protect, but that requires the security council. The responsibility to protect doctrine requires that states go through the security council, it does not stand as an independent principle in its own right.
"The very idea that a state may use force by the virtue of this notion of humanitarian intervention is extremely controversial. Many other states have rejected that position entirely."
The "ghost of Tony Blair and Weapons of Mass Destruction" will make it virtually impossible to convince the British public of the need to intervene in Syria, according to a photographer who was nearly killed there.
Paul Conroy, 49, was badly injured last year in Homs alongside his Sunday Times colleague, the acclaimed war reporter Marie Colvin, who was killed.
Mr Conroy, who has been calling for intervention in the war-torn nation for more than a year, said Britain's entry into the 2003 Iraq war under then prime minister Tony Blair on "limited, sporadic and patchy" intelligence, now left the public sceptical.
He said: "The ghost of Blair and WMD has left us hogtied. That makes it virtually impossible to get public opinion onside. But there needs to be a response.
"The slaughter of 100,000 in Syria should have been addressed long ago with no-fly zones and safe havens."
UN inspectors wore gas masks as they examined the site of an alleged chemical weapons attack near Damascus in Syria.
Air strikes on Syria could have "catastrophic effects" on the desperate humanitarian crisis in the region, a charity warned.
Christian Aid warned that finding a political solution was the "only way" to achieve lasting peace in Syria.
UN weapons inspectors have been investigating an alleged chemical attack in Damascus for a third day.
This video, which was uploaded to a social networking website, purports to show the inspectors in the suburb of Zamalka east of the city.
ITV News cannot independently verify this video at present.
Syria President Bashar al-Assad has been quoted as saying the country will defend itself "in the face of any aggression" as United States and Britain contemplate potential military strikes.
"The threats of direct aggression against Syria will only increase our commitment to our deep-rooted principles and the independent will of our people," he told a delegation of Yemeni politicians, according to state television.
President Bashar al-Assad has been quoted on state television as saying: "Syria will defend itself in the face of any aggression".
The United Nations team of chemical weapons experts have reached a rebel-held territory outside Damascus and are preparing to start a third day of investigations into alleged gas attacks in the area, Reuters reports.
The inspectors have arrived in the suburb of Douma and are going to examine the sites where rebels say rockets loaded with chemical weapons struck, activists said.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the chemical weapons team sent to Damascus to investigate alleged chemical attacks will leave Syria by Saturday morning.
He added that the experts would continue their investigations until Friday.
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