Russia condemns US-led strikes, calls emergency UN meeting on Syria

Russia condemns US-led strikes, calls emergency UN meeting on Syria”

He called Syria leader Bashar Assad's use of chemical weapons "abhorrent and a violation of global law".

"A perfectly executed strike last night", Trump tweeted Saturday morning.

The operation was "precise, overwhelming and effective", McKenzie said, adding it will set their chemical weapons program back "for years". Syrian state television claimed some of the missiles were shot down by the government's air defence systems.

Haley also said that Moscow was complicit in covering up alleged war crimes committed by the Damascus, which the United Nations reports is responsible for the deaths of more than 500,000 Syrians civilians over the past seven years. CNN has been unable to verify this report. As the missiles hit their targets and anti-aircraft guns lit up the sky, hundreds of people took to the streets of Damascus to protest the strike.

When asked if the United States was preparing for more attacks on Syria, the General indicated that it was up to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad to direct the next move. VOA could not independently confirm what was damaged by the strikes.

He said the targets selected by U.S., British and French officials were meant to minimize civilian casualties.

"America does not seek an indefinite presence in Syria", he said, thanking the United Kingdom and France for joining the U.S. in its fight against the Syrian regime.

Associated Press reporters in Damascus saw smoke rising from east Damascus early Saturday morning local time.

The strikes "successfully hit every target, " Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said at a briefing.

French President Emmanuel Macron also confirmed his country's participation in the operation.

The Syrian Government has accused Washington of seeking to use it as a pretext for attacking.

Trump indicated the strikes would continue until the Syrian regime's use of chemical weapons ends. Investigators were due to start their probe later on Saturday. Syrian state TV says the attack has begun on the capital, though it wasn't immediately clear what was targeted. It was the largest scale intervention by Western governments against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. "To Iran and to Russian Federation I ask: What kind of a nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men, women and children?" said Mr Trump.

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis briefs members of the media on Syria at the Pentagon April 13, 2018 in Arlington, Virginia. The Syrian army said that more than 70 missiles of the 105 fired at its structures were intercepted by its air defenses.

One Damascus resident told BBC News: "It was mayhem above us".

What has the reaction been?

"I have done so because I judge this action to be in Britain's national interest". "The president needs to lay out our goals, not just with regard to ISIS, but also the ongoing conflict in Syria and malign Russian and Iranian influence in the region. We confined it to the chemical weapons-type targets". A Security Council diplomat said the body would meet later Saturday.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he supported the strike in a statement issued an hour after Trump's announcement.

Senator John McCain applauded Mr Trump for taking military action. John McCain, R-Ariz., who chairs the senate Armed Services Committee, said in a statement.

Other senators argued that President Trump should come before Congress and receive authorisation for the use of military force.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged 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".

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