US preparing new sanctions on Russia over Syria, Haley says

US preparing new sanctions on Russia over Syria, Haley says

These missile strikes were coordinated by the U.S., France and the U.K.in response to an alleged chemical attack by the Syrian government in Douma last week.

The Syrian president's high spirits were matched by displays of jubilation in Damascus, where government supporters took to the streets on Saturday to demonstrate their backing for Assad and express scorn for the strikes.

On Saturday morning, President Donald Trump tweeted that the strike "could not have had a better result" and that it was "mission accomplished". But last night's attack was aimed at the "heart of enterprise", the Pentagon said.

Trump: 'Mission Accomplished!' "Britain, France, and the United States of America have marshalled their righteous power against barbarism and brutality".

At the Security Council meeting in New York, Russian ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said that Russian and Syrian forces are attacking terrorists, not civilians, and that overnight attack by the US and its European allies had worsened an "already catastrophic humanitarian situation". Antonio Guterres, the United Nations secretary general, urged restraint to avoid escalation in the region.

Syrian state TV broadcast images of the destruction at the site, including piles of rubble and a burnt vehicle.

"These three targets seemed to hit the sweet spot and do that", McKenzie said.

Two other chemical weapons facilities near Homs were targeted, the Pentagon said.

He said there were no known civilian casualties, but noted Syria had fired about 40 unguided surface-to-air missiles, most of which did not launch until after the allied strike was over.

"We welcome this operation which has eased humanity's conscience in the face of the attack in Douma", the Turkish foreign ministry said in a statement. In a calculated show of defiance, the presidency posted a video showing Mr Assad apparently turning up for work following the attacks.

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"Israel's support remains unchanged", he added. Russia's defence ministry claimed that 71 of the missiles were shot down, a claim denied by the United States authorities.

"Yesterday we saw the American aggression, and we were able to counter it with Soviet missiles manufactured in the 1970s", Russian lawmaker Dmitry Sablin quoted Assad as saying, according to Russian news agencies.

"If this step does not succeed, we will be prepared to act again", an official said on the call, echoing what other top administration officials emphasized on Saturday.

Russia, Iran and China all condemned the attacks.

Inspectors from the OPCW chemical watchdog will begin their investigation Sunday at the site of a chemical attack near Damascus, a senior official said. Labour party leader MP Jeremy Corbyn called the attack "legally questionable".

"It's not satisfactory that these kinds of actions are now happening on a regular basis, where we can't get absolutely watertight proof publicly available in advance, rather than being told to trust the Government - and then an action like this happens".

On Friday, April 13, President Trump announced that the United States had launched air strikes on Syria, in coordination with France and the U.K., CNN reports. She said Russian Federation had thwarted diplomatic efforts to halt Assad's use of poison gas, leaving no option but force.

As Mohammed Alsaleh helped guide former Syrian refugees through the blood donation process at a clinic in Vancouver Saturday morning, discussions in the room often circled back to news of USA -led airstrikes in Syria the night before.

"British Prime Minister Theresa May said in London that the West had tried "every possible" diplomatic means to stop Assad from using chemical weapons". He accused the allies of violating the UN Charter and global law.

About 50 chanting, sign-carrying demonstrators lined the western edge of Dilworth Plaza outside Philadelphia City Hall on Saturday afternoon to protest the latest USA airstrikes in Syria.

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