April 14, 2018 / 2:27 AM / 6 days ago

UK defence ministry says carried out strike in Syria to destroy stockpiled chemicals

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s Ministry of Defence said the strike against Syria on Saturday had been aimed at a military facility where the Syrian government was assessed to have stockpiled chemicals.

The security gate of RAF Akrotiri, a military base Britain maintains on Cyprus, April 13, 2018. REUTERS/Yiannis Kourtoglou

The MoD said four Tornado jets had carried out the attack using Storm Shadow missiles on a military facility some fifteen miles west of Homs, some distance from known concentrations of civilian habitation.

“Very careful scientific analysis was applied to determine where best to target the Storm Shadows to maximise the destruction of the stockpiled chemicals and to minimise any risks of contamination to the surrounding area,” the MoD said in a statement. 

Reporting by Michael Holden; editing by Guy Faulconbridge

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