Strikes Hit Syria as Country Had 'chance for Peaceful Future': Moscow

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"We have absorbed the strike", the official told Reuters. It was not immediately clear if Russian-supplied interceptors were activated. This is written in his statement, published on the facebook page of the embassy.

The strikes were a response to a suspected chemical weapons attack on the Syrian town of Douma last weekend which killed dozens of civilians. "We warned that such actions would not be left without consequences".

Russia's foreign ministry said today that Western strikes on Syria came as the country had "a chance of a peaceful future." the Russian government's response came after U.S., United Kingdom and France launched precision strikes on Syrian chemical research and storage facilities in the capital city of Damascus. "It would provoke a retaliation operation by government forces and the White Helmets were to use it to stage a provocation with an alleged use of chemical weapons", he said.

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Syria's allies, including Iran and Lebanon's Hezbollah group, strongly condemned the attack but did not threaten any retaliation.

The strikes this time have been larger in scale, with more targets.

The US and its allies attacked Syria shortly before the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) mission was expected to begin its work in the town of Douma.

As chemical weapons experts arrived in Syria to investigate a suspected poison gas attack by government forces, worldwide diplomacy was in high gear to head off an escalation, though accusations flew thick and fast between Washington and its allies, and Russia, Assad's main backer. US defense officials did not confirm if any allied missiles had been shot down.

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