Last night US President Donald Trump announced that he has ordered strikes against Syria’s chemical weapons capabilities one week after a horrible chemical attack killed innocent civilians.
You can watch a clip from that video here:
Not long after President Trump spoke, British Prime Minister Theresa May along with French President Emmanuel Macron announced that they had their forces join the effort to attack Syria’s chemical weapons abilities.
During President Trump’s speech, and afterwards, explosions were heard in and around the Syrian capital Damascus. Syrian state TV announced that 13 missiles had been shot down.
Videos and pictures of the missile strikes being intercepted, and some hitting their targets have flooded the internet, here is one of the clearer ones below:
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed his support for the strikes on Syrian chemical weapons capabilities.
“Canada supports the decision by the United States, the United Kingdom, and France to take action to degrade the Assad regime’s ability to launch chemical weapons attacks against its own people.
“We will continue to work with our international partners to further investigate the use of chemical weapons in Syria. Those responsible must be brought to justice.”
The Syrian government has denied using the chemical weapons, and Russia has heavily suggested that Britain is responsible for the attack to justify western interference in the region.
Canadian officials responded with “When it comes to this use of chemical weapons, it is clear to Canada that chemical weapons were used and that they were used by the Assad regime,” Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Friday.
Over 40 people were killed and 500+ were injured, including women and children during a chemical attack, a poison gas was dropped on Doumas, a rebel-held enclave near Damascus.
Statement by President of Russia Vladimir Putin
April 14, 2018 10:35
On April 14, the United States, supported by its allies, launched an airstrike against military and civilian targets in the Syrian Arab Republic. An act of aggression against a sovereign state that is on the frontline in the fight against terrorism was committed without a mandate from the UN Security Council and in violation of the UN Charter and norms and principles of international law.
Just as one year ago, when the Shayrat Airbase in Syria came under attack, the US used as a pretext a staged chemical attack against civilians, this time in Douma, a Damascus suburb. Having visited the site of the would-be chemical attack, Russian military experts did not find any traces of chlorine or any other toxic agent. Not a single local resident was able to confirm that a chemical attack had actually taken place.
The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons dispatched its experts to Syria in order to investigate all the circumstances. However, in a sign of cynical disdain, a group of Western countries decided to take military action without waiting for the results of the investigation.
Russia condemns in the strongest possible terms the attack against Syria, where Russian military personnel are assisting the legitimate government in its counterterrorism efforts.
Through its actions, the US makes the already catastrophic humanitarian situation in Syria even worse and brings suffering to civilians. In fact, the US panders to the terrorists who have been tormenting the Syrian people for seven years, leading to a wave of refugees fleeing this country and the region.
The current escalation around Syria is destructive for the entire system of international relations. History will set things right, and Washington already bears the heavy responsibility for the bloody outrage in Yugoslavia, Iraq and Libya.
Russia will convene an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss the aggressive actions by the US and its allies.
*with files from Global’s Rebecca Joseph and the Canadian Press’ Lee Berthiaume