Syrians gather along the streets of Damascus to condemn the air strikes

Syria claims a third of the missiles fired during the US-led air strikes were shot down

Syria claims a third of the missiles fired during the US-led air strikes were shot down

The Pentagon says none of the missiles filed by the USA and its allies was deflected by Syrian air defenses, rebutting claims by the Russian and Syrian governments.

Haley relayed the message from President Trump at an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council hours after a US -led bombardment targeted Syrian chemical weapons facilities.

"Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military", Trump added.

"We would have preferred an alternative path, but in this case there was none, " May told reporters in London Saturday morning. The US President claimed that the joint action aimed to establish a "strong deterrent" against the production, spread, and use of chemical weapons.

Many European leaders and the prime minister of Canada voiced support and understanding Saturday for the US -led air strikes against Syria, but warned against allowing the seven-year conflict to escalate.

Two other chemical weapons facilities near Homs were targeted, the Pentagon said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said his country would convene an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss the actions of the us and its allies, while UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged respect for the UN charter and worldwide law.

That inquiry ended in November after Russian Federation, which backs Assad, blocked three attempts by the U.N. Security Council to renew its mandate. NY time, Agence-France Presse reported.

The Kremlin also severely condemned what it called an "act of aggression" and called an emergency session of the United Nations Security Council. Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei tweeted that the leaders of the US, UK, and France "committed a major crime" with the strikes and proceeded to blame the US for helping to create ISIS and unleashing it on Iraq and Syria.

From Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also expressed support, as did German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who called the strikes "necessary and appropriate". In Damascus, it seemed like a fairly ordinary Saturday, except for small rallies in praise of Assad that formed in traffic circles and around fountains. Trump said in his remarks Friday.

"This [act of] aggression will have no impact on the performance of the Syrian army, nation and resistance", the IRIB world service chief pointed out.

Syria agreed to give up its chemical weapons arsenal in 2013 and submit to OPCW inspections.

Experts and lawmakers warned before the strikes that although the chance is small, bombing Syria could increase the odds of a war between Russian Federation and the US.

Pentagon officials said the attacks targeted the heart of Assad's programs to develop and produce chemical weapons.

The Russian military had vowed to respond to any attack, and President Vladimir Putin's administration had repeatedly warned Trump was taking America down a unsafe path. He described the attack as "measured". Thankfully all USA troops involved in the operation appeared to have come through it without casualties.

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

Britain argued that the strikes were "both right and legal" to alleviate humanitarian suffering from repeated use of toxic gas in attacks in Syria's seven-year war.

Britain's defense ministry said that four Tornado jets had fired Storm Shadow missiles at the base west of Homs.

Kamran Bokhari, a senior fellow with the Center for Global Policy in Washington, said the strikes appeared meant to avoid provoking Russian Federation.

"These are not the actions of a man", Trump said in televised remarks announcing the strikes.

He added that the United States had no option but to orchestrate such an "ineffective" attack, which he noted would fail to have any impact on the fight against terrorism in Syria.

The vote came at the end of an emergency meeting of the council called by Moscow, which saw Russian Federation and its supporters clashing with the USA and its allies over a suspected poison gas attack last weekend in the Damascus suburb of Douma.

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