President Donald Trump announced that the United States, France and Great Britain, were launching “precision strikes” against Syria on April 13, 2018 in response to the country’s suspected use of chemical weapons.
Theresa May is facing a furious backlash from MPs after she ordered United Kingdom forces to join the U.S. and France in targeted airstrikes on Syrian chemical weapons facilities early – without having gained the consent of parliament.
At an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting called by Russian Federation, the three powers dismissed Moscow’s accusations that they had violated global law and the provisions of the U.N. Charter.
At a news conference on Saturday, the department detailed the military operation against 3 facilities to develop and produce Syria’s chemical weapons.
“For all the sound and fury of these strikes, their net effect is a slap on the wrist of Bashar al-Assad”, said Nick Heras, an analyst at the Center for a New American Security.
The main town in Eastern Ghouta, and the last to have escaped government control, is Douma, the site of the alleged chemical attack on April 7 that prompted the unprecedented Western reaction.
Russian Federation has military forces, including air defences, in several areas of Syria to support President Bashar al-Assad in his long war against anti-government rebels. “They were the result of the Syrian regime’s barbaric inhumanity, and they were the result of the regime and Russia’s failure to live up to their worldwide commitment to remove all chemical weapons from Syria”. “Russia, however, can not claim to be a responsible member of the global community while failing to condemn the use of chemical weapons and failing to take any action to prevent their use”.
The U.S. strikes likely successfully degraded Syrian chemical weapons capabilities.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said his country would convene an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss the actions of the USA and its allies, while UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged respect for the UN charter and global law.
When a vote saw just China and Bolivia join Russian Federation in favour of a draft resolution, Mr Nebenzia accused the US, France and Britain of “demonstrating a blatant disregard for global law”.
The use of chemical weapons, such as chlorine, sparks global indignation but is far from being the most lethal weapon in the regime’s arsenal. He said the targets selected by U.S., British and French officials were meant to minimize civilian casualties.
Meanwhile, the UK’s Ambassador to the UN, Karen Pierce, said the UK’s involvement in the air strikes against Syria was a “humanitarian intervention”, which was legally justified.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the USA strikes had hit the Syrian capital when the country “finally” had a chance at peace.
The White House says the leaders agreed the airstrikes in Syria “were successful and necessary to deter” the future use of chemical weapons.
Pakistan is following the situation in Syria with grave concern and has called all sides to refrain from actions inconsistent with the UN Charter. If the law is ignored, it is undermined.
The three allies have not given up on a political solution to the Syrian conflict.
Guterres had warned on Friday that Syria “represents the most serious dimension” of the Middle Eastern threat to global peace and security. “Unfortunately the only thing reverberating among us is disappointment. It is our common duty to stop it”.
“Those 100 plus missiles that were fired against Syria today will have the same effect on our country as last year’s 58 tomahawks had: nothing”, said Idriss from her home in the Mezzeh neighbourhood of the capital. “I commend President Trump for leading the multinational effort to make sure that Assad realizes the consequences of such acts”.
A senior official in a pro-Assad regional alliance told Reuters that “all military bases were evacuated a few days ago” after an early warning from Russian Federation about the strikes.