The United States, Britain, and France on Saturday conducted military strikes on Syria's chemical weapons facilities to punish President Bashar Assad for an apparent attack last week in Douma, Syria. The attacks were also aimed at reducing Syria's ability to use the banned weapons in the future. From Washington, D.C., VOA’s Jill Craig talks to residents and tourists to find out what they think.
Pro-government Syrians in Damascus believe the chemical weapons attack in the town of Douma last week was staged by Western countries to justify Saturday's airstrikes. They say they welcome international investigators to inspect the site of the suspected attack in the Damascus suburb.
The United States, Britain and France said Saturday their strike on facilities associated with Syria's chemical weapons program was legal under international law. Speaking at an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting called by Russia, the three powers said the strike was necessary to prevent further use of an illegal and inhumane weapon of war. From the United Nations, VOA's Margaret Besheer has more.
On Friday the Gaza Health Ministry said one Palestinian was killed and more than 900 others were injured Friday by Israeli troops, who used gunfire and tear gas to repel numerous attempts by Palestinians to cross the border fence separating the Palestinian-governed Gaza Strip from Israel
World reaction ranged from support to sharp criticism for air strikes carried out early Saturday by United States, French and British forces against government targets in Syria. The Pentagon said three sites were targeted, all connected to the production of chemical and biological weapons, in response to an alleged chlorine gas attack by Damascus. Syria's ally Russia has strongly condemned the Western action, as Henry Ridgwell reports from London