Syria blasts US ‘aggression’, terrorists and Israel hail it

Fri Apr 7, 2017 10:56:38

Syria has strongly condemned a US missile attack targeting an army airbase near Homs as an “act of aggression,” while Israel hailed it and a foreign-backed terrorist coalition called for further attacks.

Syria has strongly condemned a US missile attack targeting an army airbase near Homs as an “act of aggression,” while Israel hailed it and a foreign-backed terrorist coalition called for further attacks.

Some 60 US Tomahawk missiles were fires from US warships deployed to the Mediterranean at the Shayrat airfield southeast of Homs early Friday. A Syrian military source said the strikes led to “losses” as missiles hit airstrips, hangars, control tower and ammunition areas.

 

 Homs Governor Talal Barazi said US missile strikes serve the goals of "armed terrorist groups" and Daesh, reiterating that the "aggression" will not prevent the Syrain government from "fighting terrorism."

"This attack will not prevent us from continuing fighting terrorism. We are not surprised to see America and Israel supporting this terrorism," Barazi said in a phone interview with state television.

Bolivia requested a closed-door UN Security Council to be held on Friday. Russia also said it wall call the 15-nation body into session.

The foreign-backed National Coalition, an alliance of terrorist groups, said it "welcomes the strike" and urged Washington to neutralize Syria's ability to carry out air raids.

"We hope for more strikes... and that these are just the beginning," coalition spokesman Ahmad Ramadan was quoted by the French news agency AFP as saying.

The Saudi kingdom also joined the militants to laud US strikes against Syria, calling it a “courageous decision” by Trump.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office celebrated the attack with an early morning statement, saying he supported "strong message" sent by US strikes.

Israel, which is widely viewed as a supporter of terror groups in Syria, has time and again carried out airstrikes on the Syrian territory under various pretexts.

Few hours before the attack, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also said on Thursday Turkey would welcome a US military attack on Syria. Speaking live on nationwide Kanal 7 TV, he said Turkey was ready to do its part if such an onslaught took place.

US President Donald Trump said he ordered missile strikes against a Syrian airfield from which a chemical weapons attack was allegedly launched this week.

 

This image released by the US Department of Defense, shows the Shayrat airfield in Syria on October 7, 2016. (Via AFP)

 Syria has categorically denied carrying out a chemical attack. Russia has said the deaths in Idlib were caused when a Syrian airstrike struck a "terrorist warehouse" used for making bombs with toxic substances.

The strategic base targeted in the US attack is a frontline in Syria's operations against terrorists. It was used to respond to an Israeli aerial attack in March which prompted Tel Aviv to threaten to destroy Syria’s air defense systems.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the US missile attack on Friday had almost completely destroyed the airbase and killed four soldiers including an officer, but Syrian media have put the death toll at five.

 Syria has categorically denied carrying out a chemical attack. Russia has said the deaths in Idlib were caused when a Syrian airstrike struck a "terrorist warehouse" used for making bombs with toxic substances.

The strategic base targeted in the US attack is a frontline in Syria's operations against terrorists. It was used to respond to an Israeli aerial attack in March which prompted Tel Aviv to threaten to destroy Syria’s air defense systems.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the US missile attack on Friday had almost completely destroyed the airbase and killed four soldiers including an officer, but Syrian media have put the death toll at five.

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