The US, UK and France launched strikes against targets at three sites in Syria in the early hours of Saturday morning, following a week of threats of retaliation for an alleged chemical weapons attack on civilians in the Damascus enclave of Douma.
- The United Nations Security Council held an emergency meeting on Syria on Saturday morning.
- Three civilians were wounded in Homs after “several” missiles were intercepted by Syria air defense systems, Syria State TV said.
- US Defense Secretary James Mattis said “right now this is a one-time shot and I believe that it sent a very strong message” to the Syrian regime.
- Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the US strikes had hit the Syrian capital when the country “finally” had a chance at peace.
- Iran’s Foreign Ministry condemned the strikes. “The attack is the blatant violation of international laws, as well as ignoring the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria,” foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said according to Iran’s state news agency.
- Australia’s defense minister issued a statement in support of the strikes, calling them “a calibrated, proportionate and targeted response.”
Three chemical sites targeted