Syrians gather along the streets of Damascus to condemn the air strikes

May ready to bypass Parliament & approve UK military intervention in Syria – BBC

Tom Nicholson Global Look Press

Trump announced on Friday that the us, along with the United Kingdom and France, was launching "precision airstrikes" in response to Syrian President Bashar Assad's alleged use of chemical weapons in Damascus last week.

Military and defense officials told CNN that at least one U.S. Navy warship based in the Red Sea participated in Friday's strikes, as well as B-1 bombers.

President Donald Trump is warning Russian Federation and Iran about their association with Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad's government, as he announces the launch of retaliatory strikes after an apparent chemical weapons attack last week. "It is not about regime change", she said.

· From the French side, the strikes involved 12 cruise missiles, fighter jets and warships.

French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May released statements.

Have Syria and Russian Federation responded?

It was not immediately clear how extensive the strikes were.

Describing the strike as a deterrent, Trump said the U.S. would maintain pressure on Syria until the Assad regime suspends use of chemical weapons. The Pentagon later stated that "no Syrian weapon had any effect on Western strikes in Syria". Syrian state-run TV later reported that three civilians had been wounded. Syria joined the pact in 2013 as part of the agreement to destroy its chemical weapons stockpile, negotiated between Russian Federation and the Obama administration.

The ministry said that the missiles were downed by the Arab Republic's air defenses as they approached their targets.

Where does the evidence on the gas attack stand?

A number of non-governmental organizations, including the White Helmets, earlier alleged chemical weapons had been used in Douma, Eastern Ghouta, on April 7.

May said the aim was to deter the Syrian authorities from further use of chemical weapons and to send a message to the wider world that it was unacceptable to use such weapons.

Jaish al-Islam has said it only agreed to the deal because of the Syrian government's purported use of toxic chemicals on Douma, which medics said killed more than 40 people.

"A perfectly executed strike last night".

President Trump thanked the United Kingdom and France for their "wisdom and power", saying the strike could not have "had a better result".

Syria had omitted to declare numerous activities of its Scientific Studies and Research Centre (SSRC), the report said.

The Prime Minister blasted: "These commitments have not been met".

Whose has supported the strikes?

Mrs May authorised the strikes despite demands from opposition parties that Parliament was consulted before any military action was launched. The US and Europe have both slapped sanctions on the Syrian Scientific Studied and Research Centre for its links to chemical weapons production in Syria.

Iran, the Assad regime's other key ally, called the US -led strikes an "aggression" that was "a flagrant violation of global laws and a disregard for Syria's right of national sovereignty and territorial integrity", according to Iran's semi-official FARS News agency. "We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences".

The strike, conducted with the United States and France, was "limited and targeted", created to minimise any civilian casualties, May said.

Iran joined Russian Federation in condemning the strikes. The base is where planes allegedly had launched chemical attacks.

- The US said "important infrastructure" had been destroyed, resulting in the loss of years of research and development for the Syrian regime.

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