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Putin: attack on Syria act of aggression

AP  |  Moscow 

Russian has denounced a strike on launched by the and its allies as an "act of aggression" that will exacerbate humanitarian catastrophe in

In a statement issued by the Kremlin, the Russian leader says is calling an emergency meeting of the over the strike launched by the US, Britain and

Putin added that the strike had a "destructive influence on the entire system of " He reaffirmed Russia's view that a in the Syrian town of that prompted the strike was a fake.

Putin said that Russian military experts who inspected found no trace of the attack. He criticised the US and its allies for launching the strike without waiting for inspectors from the international watchdog to visit the area.

says in response to the American-led strike in that the Middle Eastern country's "murderous actions" put itself in danger.

An says in a statement today that made clear last year that the use of was a red line not to be crossed.

He says the overnight operation carried out by the United States, and Britain followed that example.

The says that "Syria continues to carry out murderous actions and be a base for these actions and others, including Iran's, that put its territory, forces and leadership in peril."

The spoke anonymously according to protocol. There has been no other official Israeli response yet.

has issued several stern warnings of late about Iran's increased involvement along its border in Syria in

British has expressed his support for the airstrikes on Syria authorised by

Johnson tweeted today that he welcomed the of the military strike against major facilities in Syria in concert with "our US and French allies."

Johnson said: "The world is united in its disgust for any use of chemical weapons, but especially against civilians." May authorised the strikes without a vote from Parliament, which has been in recess. She had received support from her Cabinet in a crisis session.

The US, and Britain launched military strikes in Syria to punish for an against civilians and to deter him from doing it again, Trump said.

Syrians crowded onto the streets in noisy demonstrations of defiance afterward and their ally denounced the attack. officials said the attacks targeted the heart of Assad's programs to develop and produce chemical weapons.

Syrian television reported that Syria's air defences, which are substantial, responded to the attack. said there were no reports of US losses in what he described as a heavy but carefully limited assault.

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First Published: Sat, April 14 2018. 16:15 IST