Syria celebrates over its claim it downed British, French, US missiles

17 April, 2018, 14:17 | Author: Wade Massey
  • A Syrian youth hides breads inside his jacket as authorities distributed bread vegetables and pasta to Douma residents in the town of Douma the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack near Damascus Syria Monday

The US, the United Kingdom and France launched a series of attacks on specific targets in the war-torn country and CNN reported that the coalition forces claimed that they were targeting a research laboratory and two storage facilities which were believed to be the country's chemical weapons programme sites.

The OPCW has 192 members, and Monday's governing executive council meeting of 41 states was called by its chairman, Bangladeshi ambassador Sheikh Mohammed Belal, "to discuss the alleged use of chemical weapons" in Syria.

"Use of chemical weapons is a breach of the Chemical Weapons Convention and constitutes a threat to global peace and security".

But she will say the UK joined the United States and France in co-ordinated strikes following the chemical weapons attack in Douma to "alleviate further humanitarian suffering".

"The American (military) knows well that going towards a wide confrontation and a big operation against the regime and the army and the allied forces in Syria could not end, and any such confrontation would inflame the entire region", Nasrallah said.

In London, British Prime Minister Theresa May was facing criticism over her decision to bypass parliament and take part in the air strikes against Syria. The Syrian Central Media said the missiles targeted Shayrat air base in Homs.

But, MPs did not get to vote on whether they approved of the decision to attack Syria's chemical weapons facilities.

The Western countries blame Assad for the Douma attack that killed dozens of people.

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It is thought President Bashar al-Assad's regime had been stockpiling materials used to make chemical weapons there, it said.

"From the point of view of al-Assad, Iran and Russian Federation, the real action of this war is happening on the ground and on the ground al-Assad is winning", said Landis.

The strikes have ratcheted up worldwide tension, as the US and Russian Federation exchanged threats of retaliation.

Damascus sky lights up with service to air missile fire as the United States launches an attack on Syria targeting different parts of the Syrian capital Damascus, Syria, early Saturday.

The UK has accused Syria and Russian Federation of preventing independent chemical weapons experts from entering the city of Douma, hit by a suspected gas attack that Western leaders have blamed on the Syrian government. "The fact he was making this more normal and that Russian Federation was covering this up, all that has got to stop".

The U.S. -led strikes did nothing to alter the strategic balance or dent Assad's supremacy and the Western allies have said the aim was to prevent the further use of chemical weapons, not to intervene in the civil war or topple Assad.

Germany is among those who see a united European Union front putting pressure on Russian Federation as the best way of influencing Syrian actions; but in previous conflicts others have been more reticent about confronting Moscow - and it remains to be seen whether a common position can be found.

It didn't say who carried out the early Tuesday airstrikes.

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