Friday, 7 April 2017

US launches military strike on Syria airbase

Following a Syrian chemical weapons attack on Tuesday that left scores dead, the United States has initiated a military strike on an airbase in Syria on Thursday, some U.S. officials have confirmed, the launching of 59 missiles at an air base in the country.

The Pentagon said that the airstrike, which targeted Shayrat Air Base in Homs Province -- where the chemical attack was initiated earlier in the week struck multiple targets with tomahawk missiles launched between 8:40 and 8:50 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, from destroyers USS Porter and USS Ross in the Mediterranean Sea.

President Donald Trump said the strike was in the "vital national security interest" of the U.S.

In a statement to Syrian state TV, the Syrian army said the attack had left six people dead and several injured, in addition to "big material losses."

Talal Barazi, the governor of Homs province, where the targeted air base is located, told The Associated Press that most of the strikes appeared to target the province in central Syria. 

He also said the strikes were meant to "support the terrorists on the ground." He told Al Arabiya TV that a fire raged for two hours in the base, until it was put out. A Syrian opposition group, the Syrian Coalition, welcomed the U.S. attack, saying it puts an end to an age of "impunity" and should be just the beginning. Several US allies supported the airstrike.

Israel was the first to respond, Prime Minister Netanyahu said the attack was very necessary, adding that it resonates. 

Turkey said the attack was important and meaningful.

United Kingdon said it was an appropriate response to a barbaric attack by the Syrian President. Saudi Arabia said it fully supports the United States.

Japan has become the latest country to offer backing for the US strikes against the Syrian airbase, joining the UK, Australia, Israel,Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

Source: ABC News

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