"I think we dealt them a severe blow", Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at the Pentagon after the overnight bombing.
"This persistent pattern of behaviour must be stopped - not just to protect innocent people in Syria from the horrific deaths and casualties caused by chemical weapons but also because we can not allow the erosion of the worldwide norm that prevents the use of these weapons". He also said 105 missiles were launched by air and sea.
Just after 4am Syrian local time (6:30 am in India) American forces, along with their allies United Kingdom and France, launched "precision strikes on targets associated with chemical weapons capabilities of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad".
Loud explosions early yesterday rocked the Syrian capital and filled the sky with heavy smoke after US President Donald Trump announced airstrikes in retaliation for the country's alleged use of chemical weapons.
"The combined American, British and French response to these atrocities will integrate all instruments of our national power: military, economic and diplomatic", Trump said.
Syria and Russian Federation have condemned the air strike, denying President Bashar Assad's forces did not use chemical weapons.
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.
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More than 70 people in Syria's rebel-held town of Douma reportedly died while sheltering in basements - 43 off whom showed symptoms consistent with exposure to "highly toxic chemicals", according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Officials said all weapons hit their marks, which were three facilities that were a part of President Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapons program.
- The first was at a scientific research centre in greater Damascus involved in the development and production of chemical weapons, the second at a chemical weapons storage facility near Homs, and the third at a chemical equipment storage facility and important command post.
He criticised the U.S. and its allies for launching the strike without waiting for inspectors from the global chemical weapons watchdog to visit the area.
"We successfully hit every target", she said.
But Vassily Nebenzia, Russia's ambassador to the United Nations, accused Western powers on Friday of using the alleged attack as a pretense to oust Assad and to check Russia's power, telling the United Nations security council that Russia would consider such a strike a "breach of worldwide law". But the United States that carried out its second strike on Syria in a year refuses to buy that argument. Trump's entire address on Syria airstrikesDuring his address, he also called into question the responsibilities Russian Federation and Iran have to protect innocent people.
She also said the strikes were not about "regime change".
"Russia strongly condemns the attack on Syria where Russian servicemen are helping the legitimate government in the war on terrorism", the Kremlin press office quoted Putin as saying.