US, UK and France launch attack on ‘chemical weapon sites’ in Syria. Here are all the latest updates.
14 April 2018 | AJE | Live
“The US, UK and France have launched strikes “on targets associated with the chemical weapons capabilities” in Syria, US President Donald Trump announced early on Saturday.
The strikes come after a suspected chemical weapons attack in the former rebel stronghold of Douma last weekend.
Here are some of the latest updates on the strikes:
- A senior Russian military official has said that Syrian air defence had intercepted at least 31 cruise missiles fired by US, UK and France forces.
- At a news conference in Moscow on Saturday, Lt. Gen. Sergey Rudskoy said at least 103 cruise missiles, including Tomahawks, were fired into a number of targets in Syria.
- “Russia has improved the Syrian air defence system in the last six months,” Rudskoy said.
France says it fired 12 missiles during Syria intervention
- The French military on Saturday fired 12 missiles during its air strikes on Syria, defence ministry officials said, adding there was no indication the missiles had been intercepted.
May declines to say whether Assad can stay after missile strikes
- British Prime Minister Theresa May declined to say on Saturday whether Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should stay in power and said talks with allies would continue on finding a political solution to the civil war.
- When asked if Syria’s Assad could remain the leader as long as he refrained from further use of chemical weapons, May said: “This was about, as I have said and you have recognised, this was specifically about the use of chemical weapons.”
- “There is a wider question on the future political solution for Syria and that is a matter that we will continue to pursue in diplomatic and political channels with our international partners and allies,” May said.
May: Reports indicate barrel bomb used in chemical attack on Douma
British Prime Minister Theresa May said reports indicated that a barrel bomb used in Syrian
Germany: Strikes were ‘necessary and appropriate’
- German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the strikes by the US, UK and France against Syria were “necessary and appropriate” response to the suspected chemical attack in Douma.
May: It was right and legal to take military action in Syria
- British Prime Minister Theresa May said it was right and legal to take military action in Syria.
May: We’re clear Syrian government is responsible for chemical attack
- British Prime Minister Theresa May said the UK is clear that the government of Syria’s Bashar al-Assad is responsible for the suspected chemical attack in Douma.
- Russian President Vladimir Putin said the strike on Syria by the US, UK and France will exacerbate the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria.
UK’s Corbyn: May should have sought parliamentary approval
- British opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said that Prime Minister Theresa May should have sought parliamentary approval before participating in strikes against Syria.
- “Britian should be playing a leadership role to bring about a ceasefire in the conflict, not taking instructions from Washington and putting British military personnel in harm’s way,” Corbyn said.
- “Bombs won’t save lives or bring about peace,” Corbyn added. “This legally questionable action risks escalating further.”