Damascus (Syria), Apr 14: US President Donald Trump today launched airstrikes on Syria over Syrian President Bashar al-Assad‘s use of chemical weapons in Damascus. The US and its allies fired over 100 missiles at civilians and Syrian military bases in the capital city of Damascus. A significant number of which were shot down by the Syrian forces.
“More than 100 cruise missiles and air-to-land missiles were fired by the US, Britain and France from the sea and air at Syrian military and civilian targets,” the ministry said in a statement quoted by RIA Novosti news agency.
Confirming the airstrikes on Syria, Trump said the attacks are a “direct result” of Russia’s failure to keep Syria’s Assad from using chemical weapons, news agency ANI reported. “A combined operation with the armed forces of France and the United Kingdom is now under way. We thank them both. This massacre was a significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons use by that very terrible regime,” he added.
“A short time ago, I ordered the United States Armed Forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapons capabilities of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. These are not the actions of a man. They are crimes of a monster instead,” Trump said.
US AIRSTRIKES OVER SYRIA: 10 DEVELOPMENTS
1. Reacting to the airstrikes by the US, France and Britain, Russia said that these actions will have consequences. “Again, we are being threatened. The worst apprehensions have come true. We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences,” Anatoly Antonov, Russian Ambassador to the US said.
2. Iran warned of “regional consequences” today following strikes in Syria by the United States, Britain and France. “The United States and its allies have no proof and, without even waiting for the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to take a position, have carried out this military attack,” said the foreign ministry in a statement.
3. Tehran officials also slammed the US-led strikes in Syria saying that the countries are using last week’s alleged chemical attack on a rebel-held stronghold as an excuse to undermine the Syrian government’s recent successes.
4. A few hours the airstrikes, Syrian President underscored that “Good souls will not be humiliated”.
5. “Syria air strikes send ‘clear message’ against the use of chemical weapons,” said British PM Theresa May.
6. President Vladimir Putin said that Russia will call an emergency session of UN Security Council over strike on Syria.
7. The head of NATO also expressed his support for the US-led airstrikes in Syria. “I support the actions taken by the United States, the United Kingdom and France… This will reduce the regime’s ability to further attack the people of Syria with chemical weapons,” Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said.
8. Earlier State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert had said that the United States has proof that Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad’s regime had launched a chemical weapons strike on the then rebel-held suburb of Douma.