(AL JAZEERA) — State media outlets in Russia, Iran and Syria have been carrying heavy condemnation of US-led air strikes on Syrian government positions.
US, French and British forces launched the attacks in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack carried out by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad last week.
Below is a round-up of how they are reacting:
Russian state media’s English language service Russia Today (RT) is carrying comments by President Vladimir Putin condemning the strikes and warning they would lead to a “new wave of asylum seekers from Syria and the whole region”.
Sputnik, another Russian state-owned media outlet is reporting a claim made by Russian military officials that Syria’s air defense system managed to shoot down a majority of cruise missiles fired by the US.
Russian defense officials say 71 of 103 missiles were shot down by Syrian S-125 and S-200 anti-missile systems.
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