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Syria air strikes: what do we know?

Syria air strikes: what do we know?

British Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed the United Kingdom had authorised armed forces to conduct co-ordinated and targeted strikes to degrade the Syrian regime's chemical weapons capability and deter their use.

"We do not seek conflict in Syria, but we can not allow such grievous violations of global law", she said, referring to the suspected chemical attack.

The draft resolution noted that the strikes came at a time when experts of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) "started their work for gathering evidence of the alleged chemical attack in the town of Douma".

As of yet, there has been no military response from Syria.

"To Iran and to Russian Federation I ask: What kind of a nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men, women and children?" said Mr Trump.

Only three countries - Russia, China and Bolivia - voted in favour of the resolution at the end of an emergency meeting of the 15-member council called by Russia on Saturday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor, said the units had entered after the last buses of opposition fighters left Douma on Saturday for northern Syria. Western powers are blaming the attack on the Syrian government and its allies Russian Federation and Iran, which are denying the attack took place.

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"A short time ago, I ordered the U.S. Armed Forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapons capabilities of Syrian dictator, Bashar al-Assad", the president said from the White House.

Damascus skies erupt with service to air missile fire as the U.S. launches an attack on Syria targeting different parts of the Syrian capital Damascus early Saturday.

"By its actions, the United States is increasingly exacerbating the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria and bringing sufferings to civilians", said President Vladimir Putin.

France is urging Russian Federation to join a push for a political solution in Syria after joint U.S., French and British attacks on Syrian chemical weapons sites.

"We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents", he said.

Putin on Saturday reaffirmed Russia's view that the purported chemical attack was a fake, criticizing the USA and its allies for launching the strike without waiting for inspectors from the global chemical weapons watchdog to visit the area.