Syria: UN Security Council meets over US-led air strikes

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She said: "All attacks against civilians by the regime and its allies, especially those using chemical weapons, must be stopped". A UN Security Council vote brought by Syria's ally, Russia, and condemning the US-led strikes was rejected.

He reaffirmed Russia's view that a purported chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma that prompted the strike was a fake.Putin said that Russian military experts who inspected Douma found no trace of the attack.

Both the regime of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad and its ally Russian Federation have denied all responsibility.

The formal notification to Congress complies with a 1973 congressional resolution requiring the president to disclose when he has committed US troops to military action. "They were the result of the Syrian regime's barbaric inhumanity", Trump's United Nations ambassador, Nikki Haley, said Saturday.

Haley also said the US would not have any one-on-one talks with Syria's Bashar Assad.

Russian Federation has reacted strongly to the air strikes and warned of "consequences".

"From the president's point of view, that was an act of aggression, and we share that stance".

Negotiations on the draft resolution put forward by the US, France and Britain are set to begin on Monday.

A senior official in the regional alliance that has supported Assad in the Syrian war told Reuters the attack on Syria will be seen as limited if it is now over and there is no second round.

On the humanitarian side, the measure demands medical evacuations and safe passage for aid convoys to be allowed to all areas.

That inquiry ended in November after Russian Federation, which backs Assad, blocked three attempts by the U.N. Security Council to renew its mandate. "We hit the sites".

Just before dawn on Saturday, the sounds of massive explosions and the roar of warplanes rang out across Damascus for about 45 minutes.

Trump did not rule out additional strikes, saying he would take additional action "as necessary and appropriate".

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"Could not have had a better result". It is still unclear how effective the strikes will be against Syria's regime.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss specifics beyond those contained in the formal statements. The vessels were located in the Red Sea, the Gulf and the eastern Mediterranean.

It's understandable that there are suggestions the strike was a diversion from Trump's mounting political and legal problems stemming from multiple investigations.

"Despite the tools available to the worldwide community, it is hard to agree on a common action toward peace in Syria or other regions of the world", the pope told a crowd of 30,000 after his traditional Sunday blessing.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May attends a press conference in 10 Downing Street, London, April 14, 2018.

US President Donald Trump on Sunday defended his having hailed a US and allied strike in Syria as "Mission Accomplished".

Mr Assad responded to the strikes with a defiant vow.

Assad said the strike would increase Syria's resolve to "fight and crush terrorism in every inch" of the country.

In Syria, government supporters appeared relieved that the airstrikes were not more extensive.

The ministry reported that a total of 100 cruise and air-to-surface missiles had been fired (while 59 missiles were fired at the Shayrat Airbase last year), majority were shot down by Syria's air defense units upon approaching their targets.

Saeed Saeed, head of the Institution for the Development of Pharmaceutical and Chemical Industries, said the center was previously used by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) but now works on pharmaceutical products.

"The way to do that is through global diplomacy and cooperation", said Mandel. But last night's attack was aimed at the "heart of enterprise", the Pentagon said. "Who lived under two years of siege and bombardment by the government".

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