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UN Security Council to meet over Syria strikes

AFP  |  United Nations 

The will meet today at Russia's request to discuss air strikes launched by the United States, and Britain on in response to a

will brief the council during the public meeting scheduled for 1500 GMT, a UN said.

Guterres said in a statement earlier that all countries should "show restraint in these dangerous circumstances and to avoid any acts that could escalate the situation and worsen the suffering of the Syrian people."

Western officials said a barrage of cruise and air-to-land missiles hit what they said were sites linked to

The one-night operation hit three targets: a scientific research facility in the area, a of the city of and a command post near Homs, the said.

has warned that any military action against would be in violation of international law as it was carried out without approval.

At a council meeting yesterday, the United States, Britain and made the case for military action, arguing that Bashar Assad's forces had used toxic gases multiple times in violation of international law.

countered that their action was aimed at overthrowing Assad and keeping Moscow's influence in check.

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First Published: Sat, April 14 2018. 19:00 IST