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Syria says Western attack 'doomed to fail'

AFP  |  Damascus 

Syrian slammed Western strikes today as illegal and "doomed to fail," after the US, France, and Britain launched a joint operation against the government.

"The aggression is a flagrant violation of international law, a breach of the international community's will, and it is doomed to fail," said state agency

Huge blasts were reported around early today, moments after the US, France, and Britain announced they were striking Syria's

AFP's in said several consecutive blasts were heard at 4:00 am local time, followed by the sound of airplanes overhead. Smoke could be seen emerging from the northern and eastern edges of the capital.

reported that the joint operation was targeting military installations around Damascus and near the central city of

It said three civilians were wounded in the attacks but did not give a toll for Damascus or mention any combatant casualties.

Several missiles hit a research centre in Barzeh, north of Damascus, "destroying a building that included scientific labs and a training centre," reported.

published images of a cloud of reddish smoke hanging over the capital and said that air defences were activated to block the attack.

But it said skies were clear over in the north, Hasakeh in the northeast, and Latakia and Tartus along the western coast, where key Syrian and Russian military installations are located.

The joint operation came one week after a on an opposition-controlled town outside Damascus left more than 40 people dead.

Western powers blamed Bashar al-Assad, but and its ally categorically denied the claims and accused the West of "fabricating" the incident to justify military action.

The was set to begin its investigation inside the Eastern Ghouta town of Douma on Saturday, just hours after the strikes.

Syrian accused Western powers of trying to hinder the investigation with their attack.

"The three aggressors preempted the OPCW's mission in Ghouta, with the aim of hiding their lie," SANA said today.

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First Published: Sat, April 14 2018. 11:45 IST