IRAQ (OBSERVATORY) – Iraq said on Saturday that the strike by the United States, Britain and France against Syria was “dangerous behavior” that would threaten the security and stability of the region.
“It expresses its concern about the air strike carried out by the United States and some of its allies against neighboring Syria and considers this action to be very dangerous because of its repercussions on the innocent citizens,” it said in a statement.
“The foreign ministry stresses the need for a political solution that meets the aspirations of the Syrian people,” the statement said, warning that “such an act would drag the region into serious repercussions that threaten its security and stability.
“The Foreign Ministry reiterates its call to the Arab summit to take a clear stance on this dangerous development,” the statement said, referring to the Arab summit in Saudi Arabia on Sunday.
US President Donald Trump announced on Friday that his country, in cooperation with Britain and France, had launched strikes against Syrian military installations following reports of an alleged chemical attack on April 7 in the opposition-held Duma area near Damascus.
For its part, the Syrian army announced that one hundred and ten rockets fired by what he described as “triple aggression” towards the objectives of Syria in Damascus and beyond.
“Our air defense systems have successfully addressed the missiles of aggression and most of them were shot down, while some of them were able to hit one of the buildings of the research center in Barzeh (east of Damascus), which includes an educational center and scientific laboratories, and limited damage to material,” the Syrian army’s general command said in a statement.
“The rocket route targeting a military post near Homs (central Syria) was blown up and one of the explosions wounded three civilians,” the statement said.
The United States and some Western countries accuse the Syrian army of using chemical weapons in the attack on the eastern city of Duma and vowed to retaliate.
The Syrian government denies the accusations and considers them “fabrications” used by the West to justify its attacks on the country.