Women & children among casualties of U.S. missile strike - Homs governor
Apr 09, 2017, 00:06
"According to recent reports, the attack resulted in the deaths of five soldiers and nine civilians and the wounding of thirteen women and children who were in the nearby Shayrat village".
At least six people were killed in the strike, according to a Syrian Army statement published by SANA, which denounced the USA move as a violation of worldwide law, calling it an aggression that undermines Damascus' counter-terrorism operations and makes the U.S. a partner of terrorist groups.
"The UK government fully supports the USA action which we believe was an appropriate response to the barbaric chemical weapons attack launched by the Syrian regime and is meant to deter further attacks", a government spokesman said. "An American missile also hit the village of Al-Hamrat, which killed four civilians including a child", it added.
Homs Governor Talal al-Barazi said on Friday that Shayrat military airport will be re-operated within few days, adding that that the United States aggression claimed 9 civilians, including 4 kids, and injured 7 others.
In a separate report on the strikes, SANA claimed that the US -led coalition had committed "dozens of massacres against the Syrians" which had left "dozens of civilians dead or injured".
Some 60 US Tomahawk missiles were fires from US warships deployed to the Mediterranean at the Shayrat airfield southeast of Homs earlier in the day, in an assault slammed by Syria as an "act of aggression".
Tehran is Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's main regional ally and has provided military and economic support to his fight against rebel groups and Islamic State militants.
"There can be no dispute that Syria used banned chemical weapons, violated its obligations under the chemical weapons convention and ignored the urging of the UN Security Council", he said.
"Tonight I ordered a targeted military strike on the airfield in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched".
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