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The U.K., U.S. and France launched the attacks near Damascus early Saturday.

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has strongly denounced joint airstrikes by the U.S., United Kingdom and France on Syria as a "crime", saying the leaders of the three countries are "criminals".

Calling it a "proportional" attack, McKenzie said Saturday the strikes destroyed "fundamental components" of Syria's chemical weapons infrastructure and "dealt them a severe blow". Russian Federation said that the Western powers "cynically" carried out military action hours before a team from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons was set to begin an investigation into the suspected chemical weapons attack in the town of Douma in Eastern Ghouta that sparked the intervention by the United States and its allies. "Tonight, led by the Americans, the US, France and Britain acted appropriately", said a statement attributed to an unnamed official in Jerusalem.

In Iran, senior Iranian official Ali-Akbar Velayati warned that the "Zionist crimes in Syria will not remain unanswered".

Syrians wave the national flag and portraits of President Bashar al-Assad as they gather at the Umayyad Square in Damascus.

In November 2017 Iranian leader Ali Khamenei urged Vladimir Putin to switch from dollar as transaction currency
In November 2017 Iranian leader Ali Khamenei urged Vladimir Putin to switch from dollar as transaction currency

Emphasising that the strikes are directed at the Syrian regime, Mattis said in conducting these strikes, the USA has gone to great lengths to avoid civilian and foreign casualties.

Russia and Syria have blamed Israel for attacking the base, and the Kremlin this week said Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed it with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a phone conversation.

Hezbollah's leader, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, said the attack on the air base in Syria ushers in a new phase that puts Israel in a state of "direct confrontation" with the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Damascus is seen as the USA launches an attack on Syria targeting different parts of the capital early Saturday, April 14, 2018.

"But on this occasion there is none", Theresa May said adding that the attacks were not about "regime change" or "intervening in a civil war", but were to "deter the use of chemical weapons" by the Syrian government.

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Russia's Ministry of Defense claimed Syria's air defense systems intercepted 71 missiles launched in the airstrikes. The first air strike ordered by Trump occurred in April previous year.

"He adds ominously, "Hopefully someday we'll get along with Russian Federation, and maybe even Iran, but maybe not".

The army statement was released soon after the leader of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group said the airstrike that killed seven Iranians was a "historic mistake".

Mattis says "right now this is a one-time shot" but is not ruling out further attacks.

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