Airstrikes hit Syria, but Assad is unfazed

Airstrikes hit Syria, but Assad is unfazed

"We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents", he said. They said a chemical weapons research facility, a sarin gas warehouse and another chemical weapons storage facility were the targets for the airstrikes.

Syria said the US, Britain and France launched around 110 missiles on Syria but air defences shot a lot of them down.

The strikes, in Douma, near Damascus, were launched in response to evidence that the Assad regime killed civilians in an April 7 chemical attack, the latest in country's years-long civil war.

'A perfectly executed strike last night. Could not have had a better result.

"This collective action sends a clear message that the worldwide community will not stand by and tolerate the use of chemical weapons", May said at a press conference, calling the military action "right and legal". "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". Syria and its ally Russia have denied such an attack took place, and Moscow has accused Britain of helping to stage the Douma incident to stoke anti-Russian hysteria.

The joint operation came one week after a suspected chemical attack outside Damascus left more than 40 people dead.

- Strikes were launched at 2am BST at three sites connected with the Syrian regime's chemical weapons programme. "A combined operation with the armed forces of France and the United Kingdom is now under way".

Friday's joint airstrikes hit three targets associated with Syrian President Bashar Assad's chemical weapon program, including a scientific research center in Damascus, chemical weapon storage facilities and a command post.

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Syria said the US, French, and British strikes were an attempt to "hinder the mission's work".

The US president had sharply critical words for both Russian Federation and Iran, which have backed Assad's government.

She said nearly a century of global acceptance about not using chemical weapons had been eroded in Douma and Salisbury.

White maintains that the strikes don't "represent a change in USA policy or an attempt to depose the Syrian regime", but adds that, "we can not allow such grievous violations of global law".

Tayyip Erdogan, president of Syria's neighbour Turkey, said on Friday he had spoken by phone with Trump and Putin and told both that increasing tensions in the region was not right.

"I'm not going to say that they're going to be unable to conduct a chemical attack in the future", McKenzie said.

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 made clear in his eight-minute televised address that he was wary of a deeper entanglement in Syria, where about 2,000 USA troops have been deployed to fight Islamic State.

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