Syria strikes: as it happened

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Airstrikes lighting up the sky of Damascus, early Saturday morning.The response that Western leaders had promised for days finally retaliation for the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government. The United States, France and the United Kingdom struck multiple areas, targetting a research center near Damascus and two storage sites west of Homs. Dondald Trump made the announcement in a live national address:
SOT Donald Trump"Last Saturday, Assad again deployed chemical weapons to kill civilians in Douma. This was a significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons use by that very terrible regime."In the UK Prime Minister Theresa May
confirmed British involvement, insisting the strikes were not about regime change. SOT Theresa May, British Prime Minister"We agreed it was both right and legal to take military action together with our closest allies, to alleviate further humanitarian suffering by degrading the Syrian regime''s chemical weapons capability and deterring their use."UPSOTFrance, meanwhile, has released footage of cruise missiles being fired from frigates in the Mediterranean. Authorities say steps were taken to avoid military escalation with Syria''s allies, Russia and Iran. SOT Florence Parly, French defence minister"We are not seeking a conflict and we refuse any course of military escalation - that is why we, along with our allies, were vigilant about informing Russia beforehand."Reaction to the strikes was mixed among the international community. Some fear they will inflame tensions with the Kremlin... UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres warned that all UN members should quote "act consistently with international law"... and "show restraint in these dangerous circumstances."

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