The Russian Ministry of Defense said Syria's Soviet-made air defense systems shot down all 12 cruise missiles at the Dumayr air base east of Damascus.
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President Trump announced Friday that he ordered the missile strikes, which occurred around 4 a.m. Saturday in Syria.
At the meeting in NY, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged all members of the Security Council to exercise restraint and avoid escalation in Syria, but said allegations of chemical weapons use demands an investigation.
Human rights activists in Syria and Western leaders accused the Assad regime of dropping barrel bombs full of chemicals on the town of Douma last weekend.
The prospect of Western military action in Syria that could lead to confrontation with Russian Federation hung over the Middle East on Friday but there was no clear sign that a US -led attack was imminent.
Two US officials said attacks could continue beyond tonight, with a senior administration official saying "this isn't over".
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Damascus denies that the alleged chemical attack took place. "We can not allow the use of chemical weapons to become normalised within Syria, on the streets of the United Kingdom, or anywhere else in our world".
"We specifically identified these targets to mitigate the risk of Russian forces being involved", Dunford told reporters, adding the United States military advised Russia of airspace that would be used in the strike but did not "pre-notify them".
The military action is not about intervening in Syria's civil war or changing its government, she said.
"The American, French and British aggression against Syria will fail", it said. Together, we have sent a clear message to Assad, and his murderous lieutenants, that they should not perpetrate another chemical weapons attack for which they will be held accountable. Trump asked, addressing Iran and Russian Federation.
"Russia convenes an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss aggressive actions of the United States and its allies", President Vladimir Putin said in a statement published on the Kremlin website.
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Many Democrats, meanwhile, are hopeful that new revelations will further bolster a case for the president's impeachment. Trump did not want his wife, Melania, believing the allegation was true, the president said.