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15 April 2018, 05:27 | Erica Roy
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It did not mention the overall number of missiles intercepted by Syrian forces.
"We had an early warning of the strike from the Russians. and all military bases were evacuated a few days ago", the official said.
In a statement, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Australia supported the strikes, which sent "an unequivocal message to the Assad regime and its backers, Russian Federation and Iran, that the use of chemical weapons will not be tolerated".
While Trump himself was silent on Syria on Friday, giving no further clues on whether American military action is imminent, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Washington estimated that Assad's forces had used chemical weapons at least 50 times during the seven-year-old Syrian conflict. "Assad's recent attack, and today's response, are the direct result of Russia's failure to keep that promise". "So again, getting the full truth and the use an global legal approach against the use of chemical weapons has been stopped". During one speech, he said, "We must as a nation be more unpredictable". Both the Russian military and the Syrian government said they would facilitate the mission and ensure the inspectors' security. A second witness said the Barzah district of Damascus had been hit in the strikes. In the wake of last Saturday's horrific chemical attack upon Syrian civilians, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said it was staged to create a "Russophobic campaign".
Asked about the airstrikes launched by the USA, the United Kingdom and France on Syria following its suspected use of chemical weapons on civilians, ministry spokesman Andrew Lee (李憲章) said that Taiwan has always respected and protected human rights and democracy.
The OPCW had said that its experts would be visiting Douma on Saturday. "It is due to arrive in Damascus on April 14", TASS news agency quoted Lavrov as saying. "I can't go beyond that", Sanders told reporters. It "could be very soon or not so soon at all".
He said France is "ready" to work with other countries involved on a peace plan. Russian Federation has told the United States and its allies not to carry out any military strike.
It said no deaths from mechanical injuries were visible and all symptoms were characteristic of a chemical weapons attack, particularly choking agents and organophosphorus agents or hydrocyanic acid.
Syria has continued to deny any chemical weapons were used.
He added that "those responsible must be held accountable".
Trump himself appeared on Thursday to cast doubt on at least the timing of any USA -led military action, tweeting: "Never said when an attack on Syria would take place".
A fact-finding team from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is on its way to Syria and will begin working there by Saturday, spokesperson Johan de Wittlaan said Thursday.
The statements, reviewed by the Associated Press, claim that people with video cameras came into the hospital and caused a "panic" by yelling about chemical weapons, but that there were no actual victims suffering from chemical injuries.
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