Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Finance | By Gustavo Carr

Satellite Images Show a Research Center in Syria Before and After Airstrikes

Satellite Images Show a Research Center in Syria Before and After Airstrikes

In the early hours of Saturday, US, Britain and France launched a barrage of missile attacks against Syria in response to what they claim to be a chemical attack in Douma.

The U.S., Canada and their allies have largely dismissed Damascus's denials and said the strikes were necessary, but have not said how they know that the Syrian government was responsible for the chemical-weapon attacks.

Vice President Mike Pence also said Trump carried out the strikes armed with US intelligence that at "a minimum it was the chemical weapon of chlorine", noting investigators still might prove sarin was used.

The new diplomatic push came after a stormy Security Council meeting called by Russian Federation, which branded the military action an "aggression" against Syria and sought condemnation.

"This is something we can not accept, the use of chemical weapons on civilians", he said, "and the global community needs to continue to stand extremely strongly as we continue to hold Syria accountable".

President Aleksandar Vucic said in a statement on Sunday that Serbia generally condemns the use of chemical weapons, but "won't get involved in big powers' relations".

Assad said the strike would increase Syria's resolve to "fight and crush terrorism in every inch" of the country.

The U.S ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley warned the "locked and loaded" if Syria uses chemical weapons again.

He says he hopes there is no need for additional strikes against Syria, but that Britain and its allies will consider further action if Syrian President Bashar Assad uses chemical weapons in the future.

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For adoption, a resolution requires at least nine votes in favor on the condition that none of the permanent members - Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States - votes against.

"When our president draws a red line, our president enforces a red line", she added.

The narrowly targeted pre-dawn military operation on Saturday took aim at three alleged chemical weapons facilities.

"We don't want to see our country just spending all this money on the military while we're getting cutbacks in healthcare, education and housing", said Sale.

Sablin also said Assad accepted an invitation to visit the Siberian region of Khanty-Mansi in Russian Federation.

Mekdad declined to comment to reporters waiting outside the hotel where the meeting took place.

Hundreds of Syrians gathered on Monday in a landmark square in Syria's capital, Damascus, rallying in support of their armed forces, which they say succeeded in confronting the unprecedented joint airstrikes by the West over the weekend.

It seeks answers from Syria on gaps in its chemical weapons declaration to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

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