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World must act on US missile strikes in Syria: Iran MPs

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
The file photo shows a general view of the Iranian parliament in session.

Iranian lawmakers say international bodies must take action on the recent US missile strikes against Syria, slamming the attack as a violation of the Arab country’s national sovereignty.

In a statement issued on Sunday, 228 Iranian legislators said the strikes came as foreign-backed militants were suffering consecutive defeats in Syria.

US warships deployed to the eastern Mediterranean launched a barrage of 59 Tomahawk missiles against Shayrat Airfield, southeast of the western Syrian city of Homs, on Friday.

Washington ordered the assault after accusing the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad of carrying out a chemical attack against the town of Khan Shaykhun in the northwestern province of Idlib on Tuesday.

The “illegitimate” move by the US to launch missile strikes against Syria is in line with efforts made to support terrorists and create "a flicker of hope" for them to prevent their further defeats and boost their morale, the statement by the Iranian MPs added.

It further emphasized that the United Nations had also acknowledged that the Syrian government had relinquished possession of all its chemical weapons.

The US attack was in violation of the international law and merely aimed at supporting terrorists and stopping the Syrian nation’s gains in the fight against terrorism, the statement said.

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