The U.S. military has launched more than 50 missiles aimed at Syria
A U.S. military official told NBC that 59 tomahawks had been fired, which hit an airfield near Homs. President Donald Trump confirmed the attack later Thursday, saying that he had targeted the Syrian airfield from which an earlier chemical attacked had been launched.
Trump called on other countries to end the bloodshed in Syria.
“On Tuesday, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad launched a horrible chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians. Using a deadly nerve agent, Assad choked out the lives of helpless mean, women and children. It was a slow and brutal death for so many. Even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered in this very barbaric attack,” Trump said during his Thursday address.
The U.S. missiles hit aircraft and infrastructure including the runway, NBC reported. There is no word on casualties yet, but no people were targeted, the official told NBC.
One U.S. official told NBC that the Russians were warned ahead of the strike. Additionally, no Russian assets were targeted, according to the report.
Syrian armed rebels welcomed the strike. Ahrar Al Sham, tan opposition group backed by gulf states responded: “The armed opposition welcomes any U.S. intervention through surgical strikes that would deter the Assad regime capabilities to kill civilians and shorten the suffering of our people.”
Syrian state TV, meanwhile, said, “American aggression targets Syrian military targets with a number of missiles.”