Research centres thought to be used in the production of chemical weapons in the Syrian town of Damascus were targets of airstrikes launched by the United States of America, France and the United Kingdom.
The leaders of the coalition that carried out the strikes indicated that it was in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the forces loyal to Syrian leader Bashar Assad against Syrian rebels.
The chemical weapon attacked is said have been carried out on 7th April 2018 in the Syrian town of Douma, outside the capital.
Shortly after the Saturday night strikes that hit multiple Syrian targets, U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted that the “Mission Accomplished!” in Syria.
Despite the devastation caused by the aerial bombardments on the targets as illustrated by satellite images showing the sites before and after, some U.S. officials say there were no casualties or chemical leaks from the facilities.
The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives U.S. will be briefed on the Syria strikes behind closed doors by the Secretary of Defence, Jim Mattis and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman, Joseph Dunford this Tuesday.
In the meantime, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said the U.S and the U.K say are considering additional sanctions on Russia and a decision will be made in the near future.
British Prime Minister, Theresa May reacting after the strikes said, “Nobody should be in any doubt of our resolve to ensure that we cannot see a situation where the use of chemical weapons is normalised.”
The air raid against Syrian President Bashar Assad’s chemical weapon program is perceived by analysts as a contradiction of U.S. President Donald Trump’s declaration to withdraw American troops from Syria.
French President Emmanuel Macron while justifying his country’s participation in the joint airstrikes said on Sunday that he had convinced U.S. President Donald Trump to maintain troops in Syria.
Syrian ally, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia will call an emergency session of UN Security Council over strike on Syria. He described the airstrikes on Syria as an “act of aggression” against a sovereign state
The Russian leader told his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rohani on Sunday that further Western missile strikes on Syria would lead to chaos in international relations and damaged the chances of achieving a political resolution in Syria.
The Russian Defence Ministry said according to preliminary information no victims among Syrian civilians or military personnel were recorded from Western air strikes. It added that Syrian air defence units brought down 71 out of 103 cruise missiles launched by US and its allies.
Hundreds of Syrians demonstrated in defiance to the air raid at the Omayyad Square in the Syrian capital, Damascus waving victory signs and clapping their hands and dancing.