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Pro-Assad official says targeted bases were evacuated on Russian warning

Reuters logo Reuters 14/04/2018 Laila Bassam

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The Syrian government and its allies have absorbed a U.S.-led attack on Saturday and the targeted sites were evacuated days ago thanks to a warning from Russia, a senior official in a regional alliance that backs Damascus said.

"We have absorbed the strike," the official told Reuters.

Syrian President Bashar Assad © (SANA via AP) Syrian President Bashar Assad "We had an early warning of the strike from the Russians ... and all military bases were evacuated a few days ago," the official said. Around 30 missiles were fired in the attack, and a third of them were shot down, the official said.

© AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin "We are carrying out an assessment of the material damages," the official added.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been backed in the seven-year-long Syrian war by Russia, Iran, and Iran-backed Shi'ite groups from across the region, including Lebanon's Hezbollah.

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