Cameron: Syria can’t be rebuilt ‘while gays are thrown off buildings’

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has raised the executions of gay people by the terrorist group known as Islamic State, during a debate on air strikes in Syria.

The House of Commons is today debating proposals to take military action against the group in Syria, following last month’s terrorist attacks in Paris.

As part of its campaign of terror, the group has publicly executed hundreds of men accused of homosexuality, by stoning and throwing them off buildings.

Speaking in the Commons, the PM said that humanitarian aid could not restore order in Syria until the group, which he refers to as Daesh, has been defeated.

He said: “I set out for the house last week our support for refugees in the region, the extra $1 billion we’d be prepared to commit to Syria’s reconstruction, and the broad international alliance we’d be prepared to work with in the rebuilding phase.

“Let us be clear: people will not return to Syria if part of it is under the control of an organisation that enslaves Yazidis, throws gay people off buildings, beheads aid workers, and forces children to marry before they are even ten years old.

“We cannot separate the humanitarian work from dealing with Daesh itself.”

He added of the group: “They want to attack us because of who we are, not because of what we do.”

Conservatives and Lib Dems are expected to vote in favour of the motion, which is opposed by the majority of Labour MPs, and the Scottish National Party.