The United States, United Kingdom and France carried out several rounds of airstrikes from warplanes and naval vessels just before dawn in Syria on Saturday morning.
No additional strikes are planned at this time, but U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis said that depends on whether Syrian President Bashar al-Assad rids his regime of chemical weapons.
Russian envoy to the United States Anatoly Antonov said in a statement released after the allied offensive that such actions would result in “consequences”, saying that Moscow’s warnings have been “left unheard”.
A Syrian government official called the U.S.-led offensive “limited and weak” on state television.
Syrian opposition forces in the Syrian Civil War welcomed the strikes, with some even calling for more so the regime would not be able to utilize chemical weaponry.
The UN secretary general urged restraint in the aftermath of the strikes.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, or NATO, were in full support of the the allied strikes, with Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg saying the entire alliance backed the military action.
Turkey said it considers the operation carried out by the allies an “appropriate response to the chemical attack” and says it is of “critical importance that such crimes do not go unpunished”.
European Council President Donald Tusk said the strikes make it clear “human tragedy” cannot continue and “the EU will stand with our allies on the side of justice”.
German Chancellor Merkel said allied strikes in Syria were “necessary and appropriate” response to chemical attack.
Israel declared its backing for the US-led strikes on Syria.
An Israeli official said that “last year, President Trump made clear that the use of chemical weapons crosses a red line. Tonight, under American leadership, the United States, France and the United Kingdom enforced that line.”
“Syria continues to engage in and provide a base for murderous actions, including those of Iran, that put its territory, its forces and its leadership at risk,” the official said.
Canada’s prime minister said that Ottawa was supportive of the allied strike.
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