US Strikes Against Syrian Gov't Troops Violate International Law - Lavrov

US Strikes Against Syrian Gov't Troops Violate International Law - Lavrov

The Syrian army said on Friday the attack had caused extensive damage to the base, which the United States says it targeted with 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based organisation that reports on the war, said warplanes had taken off from the base on Friday and carried out air strikes on rebel-held areas in the eastern Homs countryside.

Syria has made a defiant response to the USA missile attack on one its air bases, flying several planes from the bombed airfield. They struck their target, Shayrat airbase outside Homs, in the first American military strike against the Assad regime. Syria denied carrying out the chemical attack.

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Idlib province is controlled by a rebel alliance that includes a former Al-Qaeda affiliate, and is regularly targeted by both the Syrian government and its Russian ally.

Hamade said Iranian military advisers were active at the base, though it was not possible to independently confirm the claim.

Ministers in New Zealand were given about two hours notice of the United States' missile attack on the Syrian air base at al-Shayrat on Thursday, taken in response to a nerve gas attack on civilians. Following the U.S. military action, Russia made a decision to suspend its memorandum of understanding on air safety over Syria with the United States, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry.

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Al-Talawy said that after the bombing dozens of ambulances rushed to the area to evacuate the wounded adding that people living nearby saw balls of fire that lit through the sky when the missiles hit the base.

"The strikes have been carried out against Syrian government's troops in violation of the global law", Lavrov said at the 25th Assembly of Russia's Council on Defense and Foreign Policy (CDFP).

"This very airport that was attacked by the United States has been fighting against terrorists for the last six years", Assad adviser Buthaina Shaaban told the AP in Damascus.

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