Syrian air defenses ‘shoot down 13 missiles’ fired in hour-long attack on two chemical weapons facilities and a command post in Damascus and Homs as state TV slams ‘flagrant violation’ of international law and claims 3 civilians have been injured

Saturday, April 14, 2018
By Paul Martin

Syrian State TV described the attack as ‘flagrant violation’ of international law
The United States and its allies waged up to 120 air strikes on Syria on Friday
The Pentagon could not confirm how many missiles hit their targets
Mattis and Dunford acknowledged the strike was designed to degrade Syria’s chemical weapons capability without killing civilians
Syrian state TV says 13 missiles fired in US-led attack had been shot down
It said three civilians have been wounded in the attack on a military base in Homs
President Donald Trump said Friday evening he ordered precision strikes in Syria
Said it was in retaliation for Bashar al-Assad’s poison gas attack last weekend

By JENNY STANTON
DAILYMAIL.COM
14 April 2018

Syrian state TV has described the attack by the US and its allies as a ‘flagrant violation’ of international law.

The United States and its allies waged up to 120 air strikes on Syria on Friday in a ‘one time shot’ that the Pentagon said followed conclusive evidence that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was responsible for a chemical weapons attack using at least chlorine gas.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Marine General Joseph Dunford said three main chemical weapons facilities were targeted by both missiles from the sea and fired from aircraft, which triggered Syrian air defenses.

The Pentagon could not confirm how many missiles hit their targets.

Syrian state-run TV said three civilians have been wounded on the attack on a military base in Homs.

It says the attack was aborted by derailing the incoming missile but adds nonetheless that three people were wounded.

It says another attack with ‘a number of missiles’ targeting a scientific research center destroyed a building and caused other material damage but no human losses. The network says the building in the research center included an educational center and labs.

Mattis and Dunford acknowledged the strike was designed to degrade Syria’s chemical weapons capability without killing civilians or the many foreign fighters in Syria’s multi-sided civil war, particularly those from Russia.

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