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Syria army vacates main defence buildings in Damascus: monitor

AFP  |  Beirut 

Syria's has evacuated key defence buildings in over fears they might be targeted by Western strikes in response to an alleged chemical attack, a monitor said Wednesday.

The and have warned of a strong response after an by the regime on the rebel-held town of on Saturday.

"The buildings of the ministry of defence and the headquarters have been empty for two days," the for Human Rights monitoring group said.

Regime forces have also evacuated military airports as well as the bases of the elite and outside the capital, the Observatory said.

There was no immediate confirmation from the regime.

A source with pro-regime forces told AFP: "The has taken protective measures especially for military airports and bases." The source said they expected the Americans would inform the Russians before any strike.

US said "missiles will be coming" in response to the alleged chemical attack, which rescuers say killed more than 40 people.

Last year, Trump launched a cruise missile strike against a Syrian air base in retaliation for a sarin attack the later pinned on Assad.

More than 350,000 people have been killed in Syria's conflict since it started in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-government protests.

It has since spiralled into a complex war involving world powers.

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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 00:10 IST