Syrians rally in Damascus in support of Assad

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Supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad poured into the streets on Monday in the capital Damascus in support of their government after the United States and its allies fired more than 100 missiles at Syria.

The crowd shouted slogans in support of Assad, honked car horns and waved Syrian flags, celebrating what they saw as a triumph in resistance to the US-led airstrikes.

The US, UK and France launched airstrikes against multiple government targets in Syria early on Saturday morning, with a total of 103 cruise missiles launched during the attack.

The Russian Defense Ministry said that at least 71 of them were intercepted by Syrian air defense forces. The airstrikes were carried out in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in the Syrian town of Douma last week.

Several Western powers, led by the United States, claimed chemical substances, most likely chlorine and sarin, were used by Syrian government forces on April 7. However Syria denied the claims.

Washington and its allies unleashed the bombardment in the early hours of Saturday morning in retaliation for the alleged chemical attack in the Syrian city of Douma, located some 10 kilometers from Damascus.

The Western countries immediately pinned the blame for the incident on the Syrian government and conducted the strike even before a team of investigators from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) was able to reach the scene of the alleged attack to determine whether it had indeed taken place.

The US, the UK and France launched 103 cruise missiles during the attack. At least 71 of them were intercepted by Syrian air defense forces, according to the data from the Russian Defense Ministry. Following the attack, Russia called an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss the aggressive actions of the US and its allies.