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Kremiln says strikes on Syria will inflict ‘considerable damage’ to US-Russia ties| Highlights

About 60 US Tomahawk missiles, fired from warships in the Mediterranean Sea, targeted an air base in Syria in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack.

world Updated: May 04, 2017 09:26 IST
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In this image provided by the US Navy, the guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) launches a tomahawk land attack missile in the Mediterranean Sea, Friday, April 7, 2017. The United States blasted a Syrian air base with a barrage of cruise missiles in fiery retaliation for this week's gruesome chemical weapons attack against civilians.
In this image provided by the US Navy, the guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) launches a tomahawk land attack missile in the Mediterranean Sea, Friday, April 7, 2017. The United States blasted a Syrian air base with a barrage of cruise missiles in fiery retaliation for this week's gruesome chemical weapons attack against civilians.(AP Photo)

The United States fired a barrage of cruise missiles into SyriaThursday night in retaliation for this week’s gruesome chemical weapons attack against civilians, US officials said. It was the first direct American assault on the Syrian government and Donald Trump’s most dramatic military order since becoming president.

The strikes hit the government-controlled Shayrat air base in central Syria, where US officials say the Syrian military planes that dropped the chemicals had taken off.

About 60 US Tomahawk missiles, fired from warships in the Mediterranean Sea, targeted an air base in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack that American officials believe Syrian government aircraft launched with a nerve agent, possibly sarin.

Below are the highlights (in IST):

12:00pm: British defence secretary Fallon says do not see the strike in Syria as the start of a different military campaign

11:49am: Polish government spokesman: United States are guarantor of world peace, there are times when you need to react

11:43am: Kremiln says the strikes will inflict ‘considerable damage’ to US-Russia ties

11:41am: Iran ‘strongly condemns’ US strikes in Syria: AFP quotes spokesman

11:30am: Turkish deputy PM Kurtulmus says hopes US Operation in Syria contributes to achieving peace, process must be accelerated

10:40am: Syria’s opposition hails US strike, calls for continued action

10:20am: Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says the “Australian government strongly supports the swift and just response of the United States” in launching a rocket attack on a Syrian air base

10:00am: Head of Russian upper house of Parliament defence committee says US air strikes could undermine efforts to fight terrorism in Syria

9:40am: Israel’s prime minister welcoms the US attack on Syrian air base saying he “fully supports” President Trump’s decision

9:22am: US defence official calls US strike on Syria a ‘one-off’

9:19am: US strike on Syria airbase caused deaths, says Homs governor: AFP

9:09am: Bolivia requests United Nations Security Council meet on Friday on US strikes in Syria: Reuters quotes senior diplomat

8:25am: Russia’s deputy UN ambassador says the US decision to cancel a vote on a UN resolution that would condemn the reported chemical weapons attack on a Syrian town “opens a window of opportunity” to find a compromise, reports Associated Press

8:10am: US secretary of state Rex Tillerson says,” Russia has ‘failed to deliver’ on preventing chemical weapons attacks in Syria”

8:05am: markets ahve reacted strongly to the air strike. Oil prices have soared and gold hit 5-month peak

7:55am: Syrian state TV has called the attack an “aggression”. Meanwhile, governor of Syria’s Homs said US attack serves the goals of “armed terrorist groups” and Islamic State

7:44am: US informed Russia forces ahead of cruise missile strike on Syria’s Shayrat airfield: Pentagon

7:22am: Oil prices jump after US launches missile strike in Syria

7:20am: US President Trump says there can be no dispute that Syria used banned chemical weapons

7:19am: Trump says strike on Syria in the ‘vital national security interest’ of the United States.

7:16am: I call on all civilized nations in seeking to end the slaughter and bloodshed in Syria: Trump

7:15am: US President Donald Trump addresses nation. “Tonight I ordered a targeted military strike on airfield in Syria from which the chemical attack was launched,” says Trump.

7:12am: Targets on syria airbase included airstrip, aircraft and fuel stations: Reuters quotes US official

6:46am: US launches cruise missiles in Syria, missiles targeted airfield near Homs