Blasts were reported in Damascus, Syria, just minutes after President Trump announced that he would be launching an attack in retaliation for last week's chemical attack by Bashar al-Assad on his own citizens.
US President Donald Trump cast doubt on Thursday, April 12, over the timing of his threatened strike on Syria in response to a reported poison gas attack, while France said it had proof of Syria's guilt but needed to gather more information.
The U.S. -led coalition strikes in Syria were created to deter President Bashar Assad's regime from launching further chemical attacks without collapsing his shaky government and drawing the United States further into a lengthy civil war. Russian Federation told the United States and its allies not to carry out any military strike.
Earlier on Thursday, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad warned the West against attacking Syria, saying accusations about the suspected chemical attack on Douma were "fabricated". "They are crimes of a monster", he said.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said global relations should not depend on one person's morning mood, in apparent reference to Trump's tweets.
President warns of ramifications after Syrian chemical attack. "Right now we have no additional strikes planned", he said. "It's too bad that the world puts us in a position like that".
And he described the Middle East as a "troubled place". We pray that god will bring comfort to those suffering in Syria. "We pray that God will guide the whole region toward a future of dignity and of peace", he said.
He says increased engagement from countries including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Egypt can ensure that Iran does not profit from the defeat of the Islamic State group.
The strikes were the biggest intervention by Western powers against President Bashar al-Assad in the country's seven-year-old civil war, which has pitted the U.S. and its allies against Russian Federation. But he tweeted Thursday that it may come "very soon or not so soon at all!".
But one United States official said there could be more air strikes if the intelligence indicates Assad has not stopped manufacturing, importing, storing or using chemical weapons.
"We can not allow atrocities like that".
After meeting for more than two hours, the cabinet backed May's plan to work with the US and France "to co-ordinate an global response". He asked U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres to call an open meeting of the U.N. Security Council for Friday.
The minister said strikes conducted by French air force in Syria not targeted at Syria's allies.
"We can not tolerate the trivialisation of the use of chemical weapons, which is an immediate danger for the Syrian people and for our collective security", Mr Macron said.
In a statement Friday night, May called last weekend's chemical attack "pure horror". "Russia was supposed to guarantee Assad would not use chemical weapons, and Russian Federation did the opposite".
"Syrian air defence blocks American, British, French aggression on Syria", the reports said.
"Get ready Russian Federation, because they will be coming, nice and new and smart!" he tweeted, referring to US missiles. Speaking Thursday, Merkel said that the "whole spectrum of measures must be considered" when responding to the use of chemical weapons, adding: "Germany will support all activities with the United Nations security council".