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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.

Mr Miliband led a rebellion in 2013 against then-prime minister David Cameron's plans in response to chemical weapons attacks against civilians.

"I have thought a lot about it and whether it was the right thing to do but I think in the end, in my heart of hearts I do feel it was".

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said the Americans had used a "far-fetched pretext" to justify the attack while the defence ministry in Moscow said it would be helping its Syrian ally strengthen its air defences.

A Russian military spokesman said "the combat efficiency of the US strike was very low", noting that six Syrian air force jets that were under fix were destroyed but other aircraft were not.

Protesters gather in NY for a rally against the US missile strikes in Syria. She added, "As heartbreaking as Assad's chemical weapons attacks on his own people was, the crisis in Syria will not be resolved by one night of airstrikes".

President Trump's Tomahawk strikes on a Syrian airbase Thursday evening has - predictably - incensed Russia, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's indispensable ally in the Syrian civil war.

Russian Federation says a U.S. strike on a Syrian airbase poses a threat to worldwide security, but Britain and Turkey back the action.

Washington accused the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of the attack and on Friday launched cruise missiles at a Syrian airbase that the Pentagon said was involved.

A key test of whether the relationship can be salvaged comes next week when Secretary of State Rex Tillerson becomes the first Trump Cabinet member to visit Russian Federation.

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Assad purportedly ordered the attack, which killed a reported 87 people, including children.

But the Syrian state media claimed that seven civilians, including four children, were killed in the strikes. "We won't just turn our heads and pretend it's not happening", said Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.

Matthew Rycroft, the UK's ambassador to the United Nations, said Russian Federation has given Mr Assad "everything he could have dreamed of" in its continued support.

At 12.40pm yesterday NZT, or around 4.40am in Syria, the United States launched 59 Tomahawk missiles from a ship in the Mediterranean Sea into Syria.

"We agree with the president that Assad has crossed a line with his latest use of chemical weapons", McCain and Graham said in a joint press release.

News could not immediately confirm the strikes and any potential casualties.

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Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for Russian president Vladimir Putin, also said, "With this step Washington has struck a significant blow to Russian-American relations, which were already in a sorry state".

Ajak said Trump's attack came as a surprise after an insufficient worldwide response to the Ghouta chemical attack in 2013, which killed more than 1,400 civilians.

In Khan Sheikhun, residents welcomed the U.S. strike as a way to pressure Damascus. "I hope this provocation will not lead to irreparable damage (to US-Russian ties)".

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