The United States, United Kingdom and France fired over 100 missiles into Syria, RIA Novosti news agency reported, adding that a significant number of the missiles where intercepted.
“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,” the Russian defense ministry told RIA Novosti.
Brig. Gen. Ali Mayhoub read a televised statement which said: “our air defenses effectively shot down most of them.” Russian military officials added the missiles were shot down by Syrian air defenses, which “were made in the USSR more than 30 years ago.”
Russia said that none of the strikes hit Russia’s air base and naval facility in Tartus.
Mayhoub said the attacks “will not deter” the Syrian military from eradicating “armed terrorists.”
“The barbaric aggression ... will not affect in any way the determination and insistence of the Syrian people and their heroic armed forces,” state news agency SANA cited an official source as saying.
“This aggression will only lead to inflaming tensions in the world” and threatens international security, it added.
Joseph Dunford, Washington’s top general, said the strikes hit three targets near Damascus — a scientific research center, a storage facility and command post — and a chemical weapons storage facility near Homs.
Mayhoub confirmed that the Scientific Research Center in Barzeh near Damascus sustained damage and one of the missiles derailed in Homs, injuring three people.
The Russian military said the missiles were fired from US ships in the Red Sea, aircraft above the Mediterranean and strategic bombers.
U.S. President Donald Trump ordered the response, late Friday, to an alleged chemical weapons attacks carried out by the Syrian government which killed dozens.