Iranian Drone Shot Down in February by Israeli Air Force Was Carrying Explosives for Direct Attack
15 April, 2018, 01:25
It was the second USA military strike against the Assad regime prompted by its alleged use of banned chemical weapons against rebels during a civil war that began in March 2011.
In London, Britain's Theresa May also emphasized that the retaliation was focused on Assad's chemical weapons and ensuring a stop to the "erosion of the global norm that prevents the use of these weapons".
"The evil and the despicable attack left mother and fathers, infants and children thrashing in pain and gasping for air".
"Iran is opposed to the use of chemical weapons on the basis of religious, legal and ethical standards, while at the same time it. strongly condemns (using this) as an excuse to commit aggression against a sovereign state", the statement said.
Public anger and objections to Iran's presence in Syria, and people's frustration with a collapsing economy, turned into protests in January.
The announcement was later confirmed by a U.S. embassy spokesperson.
Explosions are being heard to the east, west and south of Damascus as the US, United Kingdom and France conduct airstrikes in retaliation for an alleged chemical attack by the Syrian government on its own people.
The Kremlin on Saturday condemned Western air strikes on Syria where its armed forces are backing President Bashar al-Assad.
"Tonight, led by the Americans, the U.S., France and Britain acted appropriately", an Israeli official said on condition of anonymity in a statement issued in Jerusalem.
"So there is no practicable alternative to the use of force to degrade and deter the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime", she said. "Right now we have no additional strikes planned", he said. The White House said he would consult further with allies. Syrian television reported that a scientific research center had been hit.
At this most intense time, with escalation in tension between the two world powers in Syria, the USA and Russian Federation, not much attention has been paid to the Iranians killed in the Israeli airstrikes.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed Britain's involvement in the intervention.
"We would have preferred an alternative path".
Trump ordered the strikes to punish the Assad government for an alleged chemical weapons attack on a rebel-occupied area near Damascus last weekend that reportedly killed more than 40 people, including children.
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