Damage to the Syrian army airbase broadcast on Syrian state television. SYRIAN TV via Reuters TV
Reuters: In divided Syria, U.S. strike both welcomed and condemned
Polarized by years of civil war, Syrians were split on Friday over a U.S. strike on a government airbase, with those in rebel-held areas cautiously welcoming it but Damascus residents decrying it as Western aggression.
The cruise missile strike near the city of Homs early in the day came in response to what Washington and its allies said was a chemical weapons attack this week by Syrian forces. Damascus has strongly denied using chemical weapons.
Some residents of Idlib province, where the chemical attack took place killing scores of people, said they hoped the U.S. strike would weaken Assad's government. "The American strike was good, it's positive - we support any strike against the Syrian regime," 29-year-old Alaa al-Zir said.
"We hope there will be more strikes - and other action - to follow ... so the revolutionaries can advance further and these massacres against civilians can stop," he said.
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More News On The Syrian Response To Last Night's U.S. Missile Strike
US missile strike killed people fighting terrorists – Assad’s top advisor to RT -- RT
Homs governor: Strike clear sign US backs 'terrorists' -- Al Jazeera
Syria calls U.S. a partner of terrorism, says 6 dead in airfield strikes -- UPI
U.S. attack will not lead to military escalation, says pro-Damascus official -- Reuters
Syrian presidency vows to step up campaign against militants -- Reuters
Syria rebels welcome US strike, urge more -- AFP
Syrian National Coalition hails US strike on Homs base -- Al Jazeera
Syrian rebels say U.S. responsibility doesn't end with raid -- Reuters
Syria 'chemical attack' survivors welcome US strike -- AFP