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Responding to the horrific images after a chemical attack on the people of Syria, the United States and its allies launched a missile attack Friday night.

As Mohammed Alsaleh helped guide former Syrian refugees through the blood donation process at a clinic in Vancouver Saturday morning, discussions in the room often circled back to news of USA -led airstrikes in Syria the night before.

Russian Federation circulated a draft resolution calling for condemnation of the military action, but Britain's ambassador said the strikes were "both right and legal" to alleviate humanitarian suffering in Syria.

U.S. officials said they acted to defend allies attacked by the Syrian government as both rival forces raced toward Raqqa city, at the time the de facto capital of the IS militants.

Syria and its allies condemned the attack and Russian Federation called a meeting of the UN Security Council last night to discuss what it described as a blatant disregard for global law.

Peskov wouldn't say if Moscow could use a Russian-U.S. military hotline to avoid escalation in the event of a U.S. strike, saying only that "the hotline exists and has remained active".

The combined strike is the most significant attack against President Assad's government by Western powers in the seven years of Syria's civil war.

"We are prepared to sustain this pressure, if the Syrian regime is foolish enough to test our will", she said.

Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White says, 'It was mission accomplished.' However, one of the stated goals of the strikes was to deter Syrian President Bashar Assad's government from using chemical weapons again. Al-Quadri, who is now in England working on a Master's degree, said she had hoped that this time, the United States would respond with more force to put more pressure on Assad.

"Canada supports the decision by the United States, the United Kingdom, and France to take action to degrade the Assad regime's ability to launch chemical weapons attacks against its own people", the statement read.

Syria state TV, however, claimed that three civilians were wounded in Homs after "several" missiles were intercepted by Syrian air-defense systems.

Syrian ambassador to the United Nations Bashar Jaafari said the US, UK and France had undermined global peace and security, and asked the Secretariat to distribute copies of the UN Charter to the three nations in order to "enlighten themselves, and awaken themselves from their ignorance and tyranny". The attack on this target involved 22 weapons: nine U.S. Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAMs), eight Storm Shadow missiles, three naval cruise missiles and two Scout land attack cruise missiles.

In late March, Trump made a surprise announcement, saying the US would withdraw from Syria in the near future.

She blamed the Security Council and Russia's actions for failing in its duty to hold those who use chemical weapons to account.

In the meeting with the Russians, Assad said that the strikes had demonstrated that Russian weapons were superior to USA ones, according to the lawmakers. In a calculated show of defiance, the presidency posted a video showing Mr Assad apparently turning up for work following the attacks.

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