Turkey presses for safe zone in Syria after U.S. missile attack

Posted April 10, 2017

Washington has presented "no evidence whatsoever" yet that the Shayrat airfield in Syria's Homs Province targeted by the U.S. after an alleged chemical attack in Idlib had any such weapons, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

The U.S. charged that the planes carrying the chemical weapons flew out of the Shayrat air base, where seven people were killed by the American missiles. " The military official said, reminding of then-US Secretary of State Colin Powell's white powder vial at the United Nations and other allegations of the chemical weapons "threat" in Iraq".

Mr Johnson spoke with USA secretary of state Rex Tillerson, who is still due to visit Russian Federation, before making his decision.

The White House says that Trump spoke with South Korea's Acting President Hwang Kyo-Ahn about USA strikes in Syria in retaliation for a suspected chemical attack by President Bashar Assad's government on civilians.

The Russian Defence Ministry confirmed Friday the suspension of the memorandum of understanding on the prevention of flight safety incidents in Syria with the United States, which was signed in 2015.

"The chemical attack in Idlib, and Russia's silence and attempts to defend the Syrian regime, was the drop that filled the glass", he said.

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"The truth is revealed one more time; a safe zone in northern Syria should absolutely be formed and Syrians who are fleeing from the war should be secured there", Yildirim told a crowd at an inauguration ceremony in Turkey's southeastern province of Hakkari.

A group of protesters prayed on Syrian flags before the march.

The protesters held banners and chanted anti-American slogans Saturday such as "Death to America" and "Death to Israel".

A Saturday airstrike by the US -led coalition killed at least 21 people, including a woman and her six kids on a boat in the Euphrates River, according to activists.

The official Saudi Press Agency earlier reported that the king had complimented Trump in their telephone conversation for his "courageous decision".

The kingdom is among the most vehement opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad and supports Sunni rebel groups fighting to oust him.