Russia, Iran slam US-led strikes on Assad regime in Syria

Lester Mason
April 17, 2018

Initial reports said the explosions were heard at Jabal Azan, a small Iranian base south of Aleppo.

An explosion rocked an area in northern Syria Saturday near a base where pro-regime Iranian fighters and allied Shiite militias have been stationed, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, both Assad allies, have condemned the strikes.

The drone attack on Israel was "the first time we saw Iran do something against Israel, not by proxy".

The facilities hit had however reportedly been evacuated in recent days.

The strikes were targeted to inflict maximum damage on sites linked to chemical weapons development.

Putin added Russian Federation would convene an emergency session of the United Nations Security Council in response.

A large volume of high-resolution photos and video from Douma, taken in the aftermath of the attack, document victims suffering from severe disruption to the central nervous systems, consistent with exposure to chemical agents.

"The evil and the despicable attack left mothers and fathers, infants and children thrashing in pain and gasping for air".

"These are not the actions of a man", Trump said of last weekend's attack in a televised address from the White House Diplomatic Room.

They have said a roughly 20-year prison term for Atilla would be appropriate.

Israel, which was not involved in Saturday's unprecedented wave of missile strikes but expressed full support, has unilaterally launched air raids on targets inside Syria on several occasions.

US, UK and France ended up destroying a scientific research institution specialized in producing cancer drugs in their punitive strike against Bashar al-Assad rigime for use of chemical weapons in Douma near Damascus, Iran's press TV reported on Sunday.

The Israeli military said Friday evening that following an "operational and intelligence-based investigation", its military has concluded that the "Iranian aircraft was armed with explosives and was tasked to attack Israeli territory".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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