What we know so far about the strikes on Syria

Carla Harmon
April 14, 2018

Rescuers said the alleged chemical attack on Douma last Saturday killed more than 40 people.

The Syrian government has denied it used any chemical weapons in an attack, while Russia's Foreign Ministry claims there is no evidence of a chemical attack in Douma.

PARIS, April 14 (Reuters) - The French military targeted Syria's main chemicals research centre and two chemical production facilities overnight, officials said, adding that the air strikes were over but the military was ready to act upon request.

Syrian state TV showed supporters of President Bashar al Assad honking their vehicle horns, waving Syrian flags and parading through iconic squares and arteries of the capital Damascus Saturday morning.

In a statement Friday night, UK Prime Minister Theresa May called last weekend's chemical attack "pure horror".

Trump said the US was "prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents", however, he maintained that "America does not seek an indefinite presence in Syria".

The strikes were conducted the same day a team of investigators from the UN Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is scheduled to visit Douma to determine if the alleged chemical attack took place.

The Russian leader noted that the United States, just like a year ago, when it attacked Shayrat Airbase, used a staged chemical attack against civilians as a pretext.

Putin said the U.S. actions in Syria made the humanitarian catastrophe worse and caused pain for civilians. The targets of that strike included Syrian aircraft, aircraft shelters, petroleum and logistical storage facilities, ammunition supply bunkers, air defense systems and radar.

The United States, France and Britain launched military strikes in Syria to punish President Bashar Assad for an apparent chemical attack against civilians and to deter him from doing it again, President Donald Trump said.

An official Syrian statement condemned what it called a "tyrannical, terrorist, tripartite aggression" against the Syrian government.

Stoltenberg says, "I am not saying that the attacks last night solved all problems but compared to the alternative to do nothing this was the right thing to do". "I urge the Administration to follow up with a real and comprehensive strategy for ending Assad's threat to his people, to the region and to USA security, and for countering Russian and Iranian support for the Syrian dictatorship's ongoing barbarity", Rubio said.

The Russian ambassador to the United States said last night that the attack "will not be left without consequences". It said air defenses confronted the attack and had shot down 13 missiles in the Kiswah area south of Damascus.

In April 2017, the USA struck an airbase in Syria using cruise missiles.

Here's what we know so far about the strikes.

Following the announcement, the United States said strikes had been launched at 9pm EST (2am BST) and had destroyed important infrastructure at three sites connected to the Syrian regime's chemical weapons programme.

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