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Syria destroyed 71 of 103 cruise missiles during Western strike، Russia says

Monday 16/April/2018 - 07:14 PM
Sada El Balad
edited by Hassanein Tayea
Russia’s Defence Ministry said on Monday that Syria’s military had destroyed 71 out of 103 cruise missiles detected in the country’s airspace during the Western strike at the weekend، the RIA news agency reported.

On Saturday، U.S.، French and British missile attacks struck at the heart of Syria’s chemical weapons programme in retaliation for a suspected poison gas attack a week earlier.

The US، UK and France launched strikes against targets at three sites in Syria in the early hours of Saturday morning، following a week of threats of retaliation for an alleged chemical weapons attack on civilians in the Damascus enclave of Douma، CNN reported.

"I ordered the United States armed forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapon capabilities of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad،" Trump said late Friday at the White House.
The strikes were launched at 9 p.m. ET، as most of Europe and the Middle East was shrouded in darkness. Photos showed missiles streaking over the night sky in Syria، and witnesses told CNN they heard explosions in the capital Damascus as Trump was making his address.

Russia's news agency TASS reported that none of the missiles fired by the three western nations struck areas near its naval and air bases in Syria. Those bases come under the protection of Russian air defense units.

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