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Syrian base blasted by U.S. cruise missiles

Warren Dawson | 08 April, 2017, 00:10

Russia's military on Friday said a USA strike on a regime air base in Syria was ineffective but announced Syrian air defences would be strengthened to shield the country's key infrastructure.

Russian Federation plans to increase air defences in Syria after a USA missile strike on a government-controlled airfield, warning the military action had made the risk of conflict "significantly higher".

Thursday night, NBC News learned that two U.S. warships fired 59 Tomahawk missiles into Ash Sha'irat in Homes, U.S. officials said.

Chemical weapons have killed hundreds of people since the start of the conflict, with the United Nations blaming three attacks on the Syrian government and a fourth on ISIS.

The Russian Defence Ministry said it would be beefing up the Syrian army's ability to shoot down enemy warplanes in the wake of strike.

The ministry said it was unclear where 36 other missiles had landed.

The state TV said the attack was an "American aggression".

"The British government rather than just putting out a bland statement welcoming this should now follow it up and call an emergency meeting of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance to see what else can be done, be that more surgical strikes or no fly zones".

Under the memorandum, signed after Russian Federation launched an air campaign in Syria in September 2015, Russian Federation and the US had exchanged information about their flights to avoid incidents in the crowded skies over Syria.

A White House spokesman said the site targeted by the cruise missiles "was directly linked to the horrific chemical weapons attack". "It sends a strong message to the Assad regime, and. has been struck at the very airfield from which the chemical attack was delivered", Turnbull said.

The victims of Tuesday's chemical attack in the northern town of Khan Sheikhoun, which killed more than 80 people and wounded dozens more, welcomed the strike but said they feared it would be a one-off.

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"It is in this vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons".

Kalin urged the global community to "act in unison to end the humanitarian crisis in Syria".

A Downing Street spokesperson said: "The UK government fully supports the USA action, which we believe was an appropriate response to the barbaric chemical weapons attack launched by the Syrian regime, and is meant to deter further attacks".

February 28, 2017: Russian Federation, a stalwart ally of the Syrian government, and China veto a U.N. Security Council resolution authorizing sanctions against the Syrian government for chemical weapons use.

It's not clear whether the attack on the air base was the first of a broader campaign against the Assad regime.

Eastern European leaders, who have been concerned about Trump's early overtures to the Kremlin, also embraced the move, which puts USA forces on a collision course with Russian firepower in Syria.

April 4, 2017: President Donald Trump issues a statement saying that the "heinous" actions of Assad's government are the direct result of Obama administration's 'weakness and irresolution'.

"All responsibility, if military action occurred, will be on [the] shoulders of those who initiated such [a] doubtful and tragic enterprise", Safronkov said in response to reporters' questions.

Mr McFadden said: "The regime's use of chemical weapons went unanswered in 2013".

But Dr. Annie Sparrow, a public health specialist and a critical-care pediatrician at Mount Sinai Hospital in NY who has carried out many studies on Syria, told VOA Turkish service that a "chemical cocktail" was used on the town.

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