What we know about the coordinated US, UK and France Syria strikes

What we know about the coordinated US, UK and France Syria strikes

The US, UK and France have launched co-ordinated missile strikes on Syria following a “despicable” chemical weapons attack on the town of Douma.

Here is what we know so far:

– Strikes were launched at 2am Nigerian time at three sites connected with the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons programme.

– The first was at a scientific research centre in greater Damascus involved in the development and production of chemical weapons, the second at a chemical weapons storage facility near Homs, and the third at a chemical equipment storage facility and important command post.

The allies hit three targets — including in the capital of Damascus — all related to Syria’s chemical program with around 100 missiles: a research center, a storage facility, an equipment facility and command post. Damascus residents said they awoke to explosions. The strikes came from coalition cruise-missile-equipped ships and warplanes.

– Every possible diplomatic channel had been explored prior to the strikes, said Theresa May.

– Syrian state TV called the attacks a “blatant violation of international law and shows contempt for international legitimacy”.

 

 

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