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US-led air strikes on Syria: Latest updates

Photos Logo Photos | Slide 1 of 40: TOPSHOT - Syrians ride a motorbike along a destroyed street in Douma on the outskirts of Damascus on April 16, 2018 during an organised media tour after the Syrian army declared that all anti-regime forces have left Eastern Ghouta, following a blistering two month offensive on the rebel enclave.


The announcement, which represents a key strategic victory for President Bashar al-Assad, came just hours after US-led strikes pounded Syrian government targets in response to a suspected chemical attack on the enclave's main town of Douma.
 / AFP PHOTO / LOUAI BESHARA        (Photo credit should read LOUAI BESHARA/AFP/Getty Images)

On April 14, 2018, the joint forces of the U.S., U.K. and France launched air strikes on alleged weapons facilities in Syria. This was in retaliation to the April 7 chemical attack on the then rebel-held town of Douma that reportedly claimed more than 40 lives and left 500 injured. There have been no reports of casualties caused by the strikes so far.

On April 17, Russia announced that a team of investigators from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons will be allowed to visit Douma and the site of the alleged chemical attack, on April 18. They will gather soil samples to help identify the substances used.

Here are the latest updates from the incident.

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