Protesters Gather to Show Disappointment in Trump's Airstrikes on Syria
Protesters Gather to Show Disappointment in Trump's Airstrikes on Syria
A British Tornado fighter-bomber prepares to play its part in the massive attack
16 April, 2018, 11:57
It's decisive and deliberate action against the Assad regime's use of chemical weapons that killed innocent Syrian civilians, including defenseless children.
Dozens chanted and held signs to demonstrate their disappointment in President Trump's decision to use military force in Syria without first letting worldwide organizations confirm the chemical attacks.
Retaliatory attacks: In response, the US, France and the United Kingdom launched attacks early Saturday morning against three sites near Damascus and Homs that were allegedly used for the research, development production, testing and storage of chemical weapons.
Celebrating his crushing victory over rebels in Douma, Eastern Ghouta, where the suspected chemical attack took place, Assad was said to be in a "good mood" today. In response, the United States launched missiles toward targets of the Syrian Air Force.
Meanwhile, European Council President Donald Tusk has said the European Union stood by the US, France and Britain over their air strikes.
"This is going to set the Syrian chemical weapons program back for years", McKenzie said in a press briefing.
Several missiles hit a research centre in Barzeh, north of Damascus, "destroying a building that included scientific labs and a training centre", SANA reported.
According to USA officials, the operation comprised three United States destroyers, a French frigate and a U.S. submarine.
The site west of the city of Homs was an alleged underground chemical weapons storage facility, doubling as a command post.
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Saturday's airstrikes drew support from the European Union, Germany, Israel and other allies.
"We need real long-term commitment to bring peace to Syria", he said.
"Another fear that has arisen in the security establishment", the source added, "is that the Western powers' operation will provide Russian Federation with the excuse to ignore Israel's requests and expedite the sale of advanced anti-aircraft weapons to Assad's army, something that would harm the IDF's freedom of action".
With the new attack on Syria, things appear headed in the opposite direction.
"Last night, the United States along with our British and French allies showed the world that the United States will not sit idly by while the Syrian regime uses chemical weapons to murder and maim its own people".
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UK Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed Britain's involvement in the intervention. "We would have preferred an alternative path". Syrian television reported that a scientific research center had been hit.
Earlier this week, Trump called the chemical attack in Douma "atrocious" and vowed that those responsible would "pay a price". In an address to the American people on Friday, Trump called out Russian Federation and Iran for supporting Assad's regime.
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