US missile strike on Syria lacked political, practical justification: Says Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister

Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal al-Miqdad speaks at a press conference in the capital city of Damascus on July 3, 2017.

Syria’s official news agency, SANA, reported that at least nine people had been killed in the early-morning US strike on the Syrian airfield.

A high-ranking Syrian official has strongly denounced a recent US missile attack against a military airfield in Syria’s central province of Homs, stressing that the assault targeted those fighting terrorisms in the region.

Speaking at a press conference in the capital city of Damascus on Monday, Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal al-Miqdad stated that Damascus government called upon experts from the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to investigate a suspected chemical incident in the town of Khan Shaykhun in Idlib Province on April 4, but received no response.

Miqdad went on to say that the April 7 launch of 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles from two US warships in the Mediterranean Sea at Shayrat airfield lacked any political, moral, or practical justification, and that the act of aggression negatively affected the anti-terror campaign.

US officials claimed that the suspected chemical incident in Khan Shaykhun , which reportedly killed over 80 people, had been launched from the military site. Syria has vehemently dismissed the allegations of being behind the attack.

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