Syria says false alarm set off its air defenses

In this image provided by the U.S. Navy the guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey fires a Tomahawk land attack missile Saturday

Syria says false alarm set off its air defenses

On Friday, the United States, Britain and France launched a series of air strikes on Syria aimed at wiping out Assad's chemical weapons capability.

The OPCW has recorded more than 390 allegations of chemical weapons use in Syria since its investigation began in 2014, Wilson said.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad faced worldwide criticism for an alleged chemical attack involving chlorine gas on April 7 in the suburb of Douma.

His choice of words recalled a similar claim associated with President George W. Bush following the USA -led invasion of Iraq.

Angela Merkel (AHN'-geh-lah MEHR'-kuhl) says Berlin says the U.S., Britain and France "took responsibility in this way as permanent members of the United Nations".

Both Syria, which denies any chemical use, and Russian Federation, which provides military support to the Syrian government, have reacted angrily to the action.

In Damascus, hundreds of Syrians gathered Monday in Omayyad Square in Damascus, rallying in support of their armed forces, which they said had succeeded in confronting the airstrikes by the West.

Global inspectors say Syria and Russian Federation have blocked them from reaching Douma, the Syrian town that was attacked with poison gas nine days ago, apparently by the Assad regime.

"It's a clumsy effort to find an explanation if the claim of the chemical weapons use in Syria fails to get confirmation", Shulgin said at a briefing. The military strikes launched by the United States, the UK and France violate the basic principles of worldwide law to ban the use of force and violate the UN Charter.

The assessment cites "the absence to date of chemical samples analyzed by our own laboratories". No other group could have carried out this attack.

Russian Federation denounced the attacks as aggression against its ally, but there was no sign of an immediate military response.

As May and Macron face critics at home, their representatives to the United Nations will, with the USA, push Monday for a resolution calling for an investigation into the alleged chemical weapons attack.

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Speaking at a news conference in Moscow on Saturday, Rudskoy said at least 103 cruise missiles, including Tomahawks, had been fired into a number of targets in Syria.

The most recent destruction in Syria is the aftermath of the USA who, along with its allies France and the United Kingdom, bombed three empty facilities all related to Syria's chemical weapons.

The OPCW team arrived in Syria shortly before the air strikes and met with Syrian officials.

State television had showed pictures of a missile it said was shot in the air above the air base.

The initial reports of a missile strike were reported by Syrian state TV and the government-run Syrian Central Media, but not by the official news agency SANA on its website.

However, U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the United Nations has "provided the necessary clearances for the OPCW team to go about its work in Douma". The Russian military taskforce in Syria said it visited the hospital in Douma and talked to staff who said they did not confirm reports of such an assault.

"There are no U.S. or Coalition operations in that area [Homs]".

On Friday, the U.S., France and the United Kingdom launched a series of airstrikes meant to cripple Syria's ability to manufacture chemical weapons, which Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been using against his own people.

Russian Federation has denied allegations of election meddling and has denied accusations of other cyber-attacks on power grids in the past.

The targeted sites were largely empty, and were all said to be facilities for chemical weapons storage or production.

Earlier this month, four Iranian military personnel were killed in an airstrike on Syria's T4 air base in Homs. Some say that the US' military presence in the country only serves to exacerbate the conflict by fracturing it and undermining its territorial integrity, not to mention that it's illegal - what do you say to that?

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