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Russia, Syria slam US, allies for 'exacerbating humanitarian catastrophe'

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Russian on Saturday slammed the US and its allies for carrying out a military strike on Syria, saying that was "increasingly exacerbating the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria" as he called for an immediate meeting to discuss the "aggressive action".

"strongly condemns the attack on where Russian servicemen are helping the legitimate in the war on terrorism," the Kremlin press office quoted Putin as saying.

"By its actions, the US is increasingly exacerbating the humanitarian catastrophe in and actually conniving at terrorists who have been tormenting the Syrian people for seven years and provoking a new wave of refugees from that country and the region as a whole," he said.

Putin said the US used a "staged chemical attack" against civilians to carry out the Friday night strike, TASS news agency reported.

said that "the action against came precisely at the moment when the country received a chance for a peaceful future".

The coordinated airstrikes in were conducted by the US, and the UK as American sought to "punish" his Syrian counterpart for an apparent in Douma, Eastern Ghouta, last week that killed over 70 people.

The latest strikes targeted three facilities associated with Syria's arsenal, including a scientific research facility around Damascus, a storage facility around alleged to be used for and a nearby command post, according to the

The called the joint airstrikes a "flagrant violation of international law and the principals of the UN charter", according to the

"calls on the international community to strongly condemn this aggression, which will lead to nothing but the igniting of tensions around the world and pose a threat to international peace and security as a whole," the ministry said.

British and French confirmed their countries' involvement in the action with the former saying there was "no practicable alternative to the use of force".

But May also said the strikes were not about "regime change". In a further press briefing on Saturday, she said that while the assessment of the strike's results was still ongoing, May was confident of its success.

Macron, talking about the Douma chemical attack, said: "Dozens of men, women and children were massacred with The red line had been crossed."

"We cannot tolerate the normalisation of the employment of chemical weapons, which is an immediate danger to the Syrian people and to our collective security.

"and its partners will today resume their efforts at the UN to enable the creation of an international mechanism to establish responsibility, prevent impunity and obstruct any temptation on the part of the Syrian regime to repeat these acts."

Nato tweeted in support for the strikes, saying those who use "must be held accountable".

Canadian also expressed his nation's support.

Trump indicated the strikes would continue until the Syrian regime's use of ends.

"We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents," he added.

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First Published: Sat, April 14 2018. 16:30 IST
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