The US, early Friday morning fired 59
Tomahawk missiles intended for a single
target — Ash Sha’irat in Homs province in
western Syria. The missiles were fired from
two warships in the Mediterranean Sea, in
retaliation for Assad’s deadly chemical
attack on his people on Tuesday, read here .
A military official quoted on Syrian TV said
an air base in central Syria was hit early
Friday, causing material damage. Another
statement, by an unnamed official, referred
to “losses”, but the officials did not
elaborate on what kind of losses. Talal
Barazi, the governor of Homs province,
where the targeted air base is located, told
The Associated Press that most of the
strikes appeared to target the province in
He also said the strikes were meant to
“support the terrorists on the ground.” He
told Al Arabiya TV that a fire raged for two
hours in the base, until it was put out. A
Syrian opposition group, the Syrian
Coalition, welcomed the U.S. attack, saying
it puts an end to an age of “impunity” and
should be just the beginning. Several US
allies supported the airstrike.
Israel was the first to respond, Prime
Minister Netanyahu said the attack was very
necessary, adding that it resonates.
Turkey said the attack was important and
United Kingdon said it was an appropriate
response to a barbaric attack by the Syrian
President. Saudi Arabia said it fully
supports the United States.
Japan has become the latest country to
offer backing for the US strikes against the
Syrian airbase, joining the UK, Australia,
Israel,Turkey and Saudi Arabia.
Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe said
“the nerve gas attack earlier this week
justified the retaliation”. Abe said:
” Many innocent people became
victims from the chemical attacks.
The international community was
shocked by the tragedy that left many
young children among the victims.
Japan supports the US government’s
determination to prevent the spread
and use of chemical weapons”.
Russia and Iran however, had a different
opinion. They decried the US missiles
attack, saying it was an attack on a
sovereign state and violation of
The Russians were warned before the US
attacked the airfield.