US and its allies launch air strikes on Syria

The US and its allies, UK and France have bombed multiple government targets in Syria in an early morning operation today, on 14th April 2018, mainly targeting alleged chemical weapons sites.
The strikes are in response to a suspected chemical attack on the Syrian town of Douma last week. Explosions hit the capital of Syria, Damascus and two locations near the city of Homs. A scientific research facility in Damascus, allegedly connected to the production of chemical and biological weapon, a chemical weapons storage facility west of Homs and a chemical weapons equipment storage and an important command post, also near Homs were the targets.
“A combined operation with the armed forces of France and the United Kingdom is now underway,” President Trump said in an address to the nation from the White House at about 21:00 local time. Thesesa May of the UK and French President Emmanuel Macron also confirmed their participation in the operation.
“Dozens of men, women and children were massacred with chemical weapons,” Macron said about the Douma incident a week ago, adding that “the red line had been crossed”.
Syria has denied carrying out the Douma attack and its ally, Russia, had warned that Western military strikes would risk starting a war. Russia’s ambassador to the US responded by saying the attack on its ally “will not be left without consequences”.

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