The U.S. fired 59 Tomahawk missiles from the Mediterranean Sea at the Al Shayrat airfield in Syria on Thursday night. Six people perished in the attack, according to the Syrian army. The Shayrat airfield is supposedly where the chemicals used in this week’s attack in Idlib were created. Russia was notified of the looming missile launches, which gave its personnel stationed in Syria an opportunity to evacuate. However, President Vladimir Putin was not personally notified beforehand. “President Putin considers the American strikes against Syria an aggression against a sovereign government in violations of the norms of international law, and under a far-fetched pretext,” said Russian spokesperson Dmitry Peskov on Friday. “This step by Washington is causing significant damage to Russian-American relations, which are already in a deplorable state.” Russia claimed that the U.S. violated international law with its strike and asked for an emergency UN meeting on Friday. – NYT
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