Friday's joint airstrikes hit three targets associated with Syrian President Bashar Assad's chemical weapon program, including a scientific research center in Damascus, chemical weapon storage facilities and a command post.
Syria's air defence system, which mostly consists of systems made in the Soviet Union, has intercepted 71 of the missiles fired on Saturday by the US, British and French forces, he added. Officials said Syrian air defenses engaged toward the end of the salvo but were ineffective.
The attack destroyed a building that includes a learning centre and laboratories, state TV said.
When did it take place?Russia strongly condemns the attack on Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday.
Why did the USA strike?
"The alleged use of chemical weapons, if true, is deplorable". She also said that the response was "justified, legitimate, and proportionate". That evidence includes victim statements, images of barrel bomb fragments and reliable reports of Syrian government helicopters in the area.
In Damascus, the president's seat of power, hundreds of residents gathered in Omayyad Square, many waving Syrian, Russian and Iranian flags.
Asked about the president's tweet on Saturday, Pentagon spokesperson Dana White said that the joint forces had "met our objective".
- Strikes were launched at 2am BST at three sites connected with the Syrian regime's chemical weapons programme. "No other group could have carried this attack", May said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin called the airstrikes an "act of aggression" and a "destructive influence on the entire system of worldwide relations". "Insulting the President of Russian Federation is unacceptable and inadmissible".
In a statement, OPCW, the chemical weapons watchdog of the United Nations, has said its fact-finding team will continue to investigate allegations of the use of chemical weapons in Douma where 70 people reportedly died due to an exposure to chemical attack.
Syria's President Bashar Assad announced that his country would respond to the allied attack but offered no details.
Military and defense officials told CNN that at least one U.S. Navy warship based in the Red Sea participated in Friday's strikes, as well as B-1 bombers. It said that "all responsibility" rests with Washington, London and Paris.
Dunford said that manned USA aircraft were used in the military operation and that the strike was planned to minimize the risk of casualties among Russia's military forces in Syria.