Damascus residents gathering in city center to support Syrian government after attack

Hundreds of Syrians waving victory signs and honking their car horns in a show of defiance
Saturday, 14 April 2018 08:25

Residents of the Syrian capital of Damascus are gathering in the centre of the city to express their support to the Syrian government after the United States, France, Britain hit multiple government targets in the country with air strikes.

In Damascus, hundreds of residents gathered in Omayyad Square, many waving Syrian flags. Some clapped their hands and danced, others drove in convoys, honking their horns.

The demonstrations broke out early Saturday following a wave of U.S., British and French military strikes to punish President Bashar Assad "for an alleged chemical attack" in Douma. However, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis disclosed that the U.S. had not yet confirmed that the alleged Syrian chemical weapons attack, on April 7 in the Damascus suburb of Douma, included the use of sarin gas. He said at least one chemical was used - chlorine, which also has legitimate industrial uses and had not previously triggered a U.S. military response.