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At Least 6 Civilians Injured in West's Massive Strike on Syria

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The US, UK, and France conducted air strikes against the Syrian government at around 9:00 PM EST on Friday night, reported Business Insider (Australia).

Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis said at a press conference on Friday night that double the amount of weapons were used compared with the strike in April 2017, which consisted of 59 Tomahawk missiles.

The US also deployed B-1B Lancer long-range bombers, and launched Tomahawk missiles from three US destroyers, the USS Porter, USS Cook, and USS Higgins, New York Times reporter Thomas Gibbons-Neff tweeted, citing a US official.

Gibbons-Neff tweeted that the French used fourth generation Mirage fighter jets, and that the British used Tornados jets.

France reportedly deployed Rafale jets loaded with SCALP-EG cruise missiles, according to The Drive’s Tyler Rogoway. A video has been released by the French government showing the Rafale jets taking off before the strike.

Rogoway also reported that the US B-1B bombers might have been carrying JASSMs, which are also air-launched cruise missiles.

The US military struck targets that were “specifically associated” with Syria’s chemical weapons program while minimising the risk to civilians, according to chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford.

It’s unclear yet if any civilians were killed.

Mattis also said that the strikes were “a one-time shot,” and that future strikes would depend on whether Syrian President Bashar al-Assad continues to use chemical weapons.

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The Syrian authorities have not made any official statements on the total scale of the damages or casualties as a result of West's strikes yet, reported Sputnik News (Russia).

At least 6 civilians have been injured as a result of a missile strike on a military depot to the west of Homs, a local security source told Sputnik.

According to Syria's Ministry of Information, Western media are exaggerating the scale of US, UK and French strikes against the targets in Syria.

"The Ministry of Information calls on citizens not to trust any media reports, which are deliberately or undeliberately exaggerating the number of targets and consequences of the trilateral aggression," the ministry said, as quoted by the Syrian State Television.

The broadcaster also refuted reports about nine targets, which were allegedly hit by the Western strikes.

While Damascus has not made any official statements on the total scale of the damages or casualties as a result of West's strikes yet, the Syrian state-run SANA news agency reported that missile strikes carried out by the UK, France and Britain on a research center in Damascus had only caused material damage.

"Several missiles of the three countries [the US, the UK and France], which struck a research facility have only caused material damage to a building, which includes an educational center and scientific labs," SANA reported.

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During canvassing operations in the towns which were cleared from terrorism in Eastern Ghouta, Syrian Arab Army units found a large a lab for making toxic materials and workshop for manufacturing shells in Aftris area, reported Syrian Arab News Agency.

A military source said that lab that was abandoned by terrorists in Aftris town is equipped to make various types of toxic substances, and has all the necessary equipment for making powders used in making prohibited weapons.

The source said the lab contained chlorine and protective gear, as well as ampoules used for mixing and special containers.

He added that a large workshop for making shells of various sizes was also found in Aftris area, which was used to make 60mm, 80mm, and 180mm shells, in addition to rocket launcher platforms, a 37mm artillery piece, a number of IEDs, and assorted ammo.

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