SA condemns US, UK, French air strikes in Syria

US allies aggression in Syria violates international law

US allies aggression in Syria violates international law

Hundreds of Syrians gathered in a landmark square in Damascus on Monday to show support for the Syrian government's armed forces after the airstrikes by the US and its allies, The Associated Press reported.

Russian Federation has military forces, including air defenses, in several areas of Syria to support President Bashar Assad in his long war against anti-government rebels.

"Yesterday we saw the American aggression, and we were able to counter it with Soviet missiles manufactured in the 1970s", Sablin quoted Assad as saying. The US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has indicated new economic sanctions will be announced Monday against Russian Federation for enabling Assad's government to continue using chemical weapons.

As the Conservative leader explained her rationale for the air strikes, opposition parties claimed the attacks were legally dubious, risked escalating conflict and should have been approved by lawmakers.

Speaking of Russia and Syria, McKenzie said none of the West's aircraft or missiles involved in this operation were "successfully engaged" by Syrian air defenses, and there was no indication that Russian air-defense systems were employed. "And we remain postured to protect our forces and those of the coalition should anything occur", McKenzie.

The Russian leader said any further strikes in the region would "inevitably provoke chaos in worldwide relations" as he hinted nations could move closer to World War 3.

"Vladimir Putin, in particular, stressed that if such actions committed in violation of the UN Charter continue, then it will inevitably lead to chaos in worldwide relations", the Kremlin statement said.

British Foreign Secretary (Minister) Boris Johnson defended Prime Minister Theresa May's decision to take part in the attack, saying it was to deter further use of chemical weapons.

President Donald Trump has informed Congress in writing of his decision to order a US missile strike against Syria.

The "mission has not been accomplished", said Suzanne Akhras, president of the Syrian Community Network. "Use often!" Trump tweeted.

"Last night, the United States along with our British and French allies showed the world that the United States will not sit idly by while the Syrian regime uses chemical weapons to murder and maim its own people. Those statements by the U.S. are yet another fake and deception", Yevgeny Serebrennikov, the first deputy chairman of the Russian Federal Council's Defense Committee, said.

US officials have accused Russian Federation of failing in its role as guarantor of a 2013 agreement to dismantle Syria's chemical-weapons stockpiles.

Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, had said Sunday on CBS's Face the Nation that details of fresh economic sanctions would be announced on Monday.

Responding to Haley's remarks about the plans for new sanctions, Evgeny Serebrennikov, deputy head of the defense committee of Russia's upper house of parliament, said Moscow was ready for the penalties, according to RIA news agency.

"I think everyone is going to feel it at this point", she added. "And we can not wait to alleviate further humanitarian suffering caused by chemical weapons attacks".

"The recent chemical weapons attack was the latest in a series of barbaric actions by the Assad regime".

More than 350,000 people have been killed in Syria's war since it started in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-government protests.