The US, UK and France have launched air strikes “on targets associated with the chemical weapons capabilities” in Syria, US President Donald Trump announced early on Saturday.
The strikes come after a suspected chemical weapons attack in the former rebel stronghold of Douma last weekend.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 14, 2018
“I ordered the United States armed forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapon capabilities of Syrian dictator of Bashar al-Assad,” Trump said from the White House late on Friday.
Explosions were reportedly heard in Damascus, Homs and elsewhere in Syria, as Trump spoke, AlJazeera reported.
A US official told Reuters news agency the attacks were aimed at multiple targets and involved Tomahawk cruise missiles.
Russia’s ambassador to the US warned that there would be consequences for the attacks, adding that it was not acceptable to insult Russia’s president.
“A pre-designed scenario is being implemented,” Russian Ambassador Anatoly Antonov said on Twitter.
“Again, we are being threatened. We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences.
“Insulting the President of Russia is unacceptable and inadmissible,” he added.
“The US – the possessor of the biggest arsenal of chemical weapons – has no moral right to blame other countries.”
Russian defence ministry said that none of the US or allied missiles entered Russian air defence zones in Syria.