Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Putin: Attack on Syria 'Act of Aggression' Against Sovereign State

He then accused the Syrian government of using chemical weapons, which poses a threat to worldwide security.

Three sites were hit - two in Damascus and one in Homs - all of which were linked to the storage, or testing of chemical weapons.

"And a significant body of information including intelligence indicates the Syrian Regime is responsible for this latest attack", May said.

"They were largely ineffective and increased risk to their own people", he said.

"Syrian means of air defense: S-125, S-200 air defense systems, Buk and Kvadrat were used in the repelling the missile strike".

The attack "was a victory for Syria", former lawmaker Sharif Shehadeh said by phone from Damascus.

"The missiles that targeted a military position in Homs were thwarted and diverted from their path, and injured three civilians", state news agency SANA said.

The Syrian foreign ministry said the US-led strikes would only "lead to inflaming tensions in the world" and threaten worldwide security.

President Trump, in a Saturday morning tweet, called the nighttime attack a "perfectly executed strike".

Damascus and Moscow deny blame for any such attack. The difference between gassing hundreds to death or blowing them to smithereens through the use of barrel bombs, cluster munitions and other munitions is minimal, as the end result is the same - a never-ending river of innocent Syrian blood.

Reading a statement on Syrian TV, Brig.

The army said almost 110 missiles hit targets in the capital Damascus and other areas, and air defence systems brought majority down.

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"We look forward to the day when we can bring our warriors home", said Mr Trump, while announcing the attack.

Syrian air defences responded to the joint strikes by the United States, France and Britain. In the case of chlorine, it is permitted to possess it for civilian use, but not to use it as a weapon.

"I urge all Member States to show restraint in these unsafe circumstances and to avoid any acts that could escalate the situation and worsen the suffering of the Syrian people", he said.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel - who had ruled out joining the military action - said she supported the strikes as "necessary and appropriate".

Overnight, Britain launched a joint operation with USA and French military forces to hit locations known to be involved in the production, use and storage of chemical weapons.

"When our president draws a red line, our president enforces the red line", Haley said.

President Donald Trump said the air strikes were in response to the "evil and despicable" chemical attack on April 7 which left "mothers and fathers, infants and children, thrashing in pain and gasping for air". Russian Federation has several military bases and thousands of troops in Syria, and the USA said Friday that it did not coordinate with or notify Russian Federation of the strikes. Still, French Defense minister Florence Parly told reporters that Russian authorities were warned ahead of time, as proof the action would be limited to specific targets.

"All responsibility for them rests with Washington, London and Paris".

Rescue workers said scores of people died in that incident.

A member of the Syrian government told Reuters that the country had "absorbed" the attacks and that the sites had been evacuated days earlier thanks to a tip-off.

Of course, it is highly understandable why many would be pushing for a western intervention in Syria.

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