Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says the recent tripartite Western missile attack on the Arab country was a blatant act of aggression against a sovereign state and a sheer violation of the international law, a day after the armed forces of the United States, Britain and France hit different localities in Syria with a barrage of cruise missiles.
The Syrian president made the remarks during a meeting with a delegation representing the United Russia, the ruling political party of the Russian Federation, in the capital Damascus on Sunday, adding that the aerial aggression was accompanied with a campaign of misdirection and lies at the UN Security Council against Syria and Russia, Syria’s close ally in the fight against foreign-backed militancy in the country.
The strikes, conducted during the early hours of Saturday, hit three sites, one in Damascus, and two in the city of Homs, which US President Donald Trump claimed were “associated with the chemical weapon capabilities” of the Syrian government.
According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, Syrian air defense units were scrambled to thwart the aerial invasion, intercepting 71 out of 105 cruise missiles. However, the Pentagon said all the missiles successfully hit their designated targets.
The tripartite Western countries announced that strikes were carried out as a punitive measure against Damascus for a suspected poison gas attack they claimed was purportedly conducted on April 7 by the Syrian government on Douma, the largest town in Eastern Ghouta near the Syrian capital, which reportedly killed 60 people and injured hundreds more.
However, Damascus strongly rejected the accusations as “chemical fabrications” made by the terrorists themselves in a bid to halt recent advances by pro-government forces against terrorists.