Syrian state media slammed Western strikes today as illegal and "doomed to fail," after the US and its allies fired more than 100 cruise missiles at Syria.
The Russian defense ministry said in a statement quoted by RIA Novosti news agency that “More than 100 cruise missiles and air-to-land missiles were fired by the US, Britain, and France from the sea and air at Syrian military and civilian targets.” It further added that “a significant number” was shot down by Syrian air defenses.
Syria’s air defenses “were made in the USSR more than 30 years ago,” the ministry said. Russian air defenses based in Syria were not used, the ministry said.
Early today, huge blasts were reported around Damascus moments after the US, France, and Britain announced they were striking Syria's chemical weapons capabilities.
Several consecutive blasts were heard at 4:00 am local time, followed by the sound of airplanes overhead, AFP's correspondent in Damascus said. Smoke could be seen emerging from the northern and eastern edges of the capital.
SANA reported that the joint operation was targeting military installations around Damascus and near the central city of Homs.