Russia says Syria downs most of the missiles

15 April, 2018, 00:46 | Author: Tina Rodriquez
  • Theresa May during her visit to RAF Akrotiri. AP

Meanwhile, British PM Theresa May said that there was no other option but to take military action to deter Assad from using chemical weapons.

"This persistent pattern of behavior must be stopped - not just to protect innocent people in Syria from the horrific deaths and casualties caused by chemical weapons but also because we can not allow the erosion of the global norm that prevents the use of these weapons", she said.

Syrian state TV said three civilians were wounded in Homs after "several" missiles were intercepted by Syrian air defense systems.

Last year, in response to a chemical weapons attack against civilians and to signal the regime to cease chemical weapons use, we targeted the military base from which the weapons were delivered.

Trump called it a "perfectly executed strike" in a tweet Saturday.

"The objective of our actions tonight is to establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread and use of chemical weapons", Trump said. "Let these united actions send a clear message to the regime - the use of chemical weapons is categorically unacceptable and you will be held to account".

In his first reaction after military of the three countries carried out strikes against the chemical weapons infrastructure of Syria, Trump declared "Mission Accomplished".




Around 30 missiles were fired in the attack, and a third of them were shot down, the official said.

A team of inspectors from the OPCW arrived in Syria on Thursday and Friday and had been expected to start their investigation into the alleged Douma attack on Saturday.

The UK has begun air strikes against Syrian chemical weapons sites. Syrian air defenses responded to the joint strikes by the United States, France and Britain. But Syria and Russian Federation have dismissed the reports as fabrications.

For his part, Rouhani expressed his strongest condemnation of the joint missile attack by the U.S., Britain and France, while reaffirming Iran's support for the Syrian government. But Friday night, the White House released what it said was "a significant body of information" that pointed to the use of chlorine gas - and possibly also the deadly nerve agent sarin. "We can not allow the use of chemical weapons to become normalised within Syria, on the streets of the United Kingdom, or anywhere else in our world".

The current escalation of the situation in Syria "has a destructive effect on the whole system of global relations", the Kremlin said. The Russian military said the missiles were fired from USA ships in the Red Sea as well as from tactical aircraft above the Mediterranean and by United States strategic bombers from near the Al-Tanf base.

The open meeting started at 11:00 am (15:00 GMT) and the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged all members of the UN Security Council to exercise restraint and avoid escalation in Syria.

Trump told the nation in his address the USA "cannot purge the world of evil or act everywhere there is tyranny".

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