Syria celebrates over its claim it downed British, French, US missiles

Syria celebrates over its claim it downed British, French, US missiles

Syria celebrates over its claim it downed British, French, US missiles

Opposition parties say MPs should have been consulted before the United Kingdom joined the USA and France in bombing three Syrian sites, in response to a suspected chemical attack on the town of Douma.

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) said it maintained its position that the Syrian crisis should be handled by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). "Both men have medical diplomas and work with the emergency department of Douma's hospital", Shulgin said, adding this video was a provocation staged by pseudo-humanitarian non-government organizations, including the White Helmets. The Russian defense ministry stated that White Helmets were an unreliable source, notorious for disseminating falsehoods. It also followed the purported use of chemical weapons there on April 7.

A false alarm led to Syrian air defense missiles being fired overnight and there was no fresh attack on Syria, a commander in the regional military alliance that backs the Syrian government told Reuters.

Also Monday, British Prime Minister Theresa May was to face angry lawmakers for authorizing the strikes without a vote in Parliament.

But, MPs did not get to vote on whether they approved of the decision to attack Syria's chemical weapons facilities.

This week, the Syrian regime retook full control from rebels of the Damascus suburb of eastern Ghouta, including Douma, where the alleged chemical weapons attack took place, after a two-month regime offensive.

She said there was "clear evidence" Syria was behind the chemical attack.

"The repeated and morally reprehensible use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime in the past has been confirmed by independent global investigators".

If there is a Russian, Syrian or Iranian response, it is likely to be indirect and asymmetrical, such as targeting or undermining the United States presence in Syria or retaliating against its allies. There is no reason to believe that the "overall erosion of the use of chemical weapons will change".

"From the point of view of al-Assad, Iran and Russian Federation, the real action of this war is happening on the ground and on the ground al-Assad is winning", said Landis.

The rally in Omayyad Square in Syria's capital Damascus was described on state TV as a "salute to the achievements of the Arab Syrian Army".

The reaction from Damascus and its backers following the 2017 USA strike in Syria was muted despite repeated threats. "The fact he was making this more normal and that Russian Federation was covering this up, all that has got to stop".

The Group of Seven leading industrialized nations has issued a joint statement endorsing the US -led air strikes in Syria.

Britain has said there are no plans for future strikes against Syria, but Johnson warned Assad that all options would be considered if chemical weapons were used against Syrians again.

It didn't say who carried out the early Tuesday airstrikes.