Donald Trump has ordered the firing of 50 cruise missiles at targets in Syria – a retaliatory blow for the President Bashar al-Assad’s alleged use of chemical weapons on civilians.
Reports said that the missiles, fired from from two US Navy vessels in the Mediterranean Sea and their targets included Shayrat air base in the central city of Homs from which the Syrian aircraft staged Tuesday’s chemical weapons attack, which killed up to 100 people.
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.
Mr Trump had been weighing up the option of a military response to Mr Assad’s alleged use of chemical weapons on civilians in Idlib province.
The president had spoken in the Rose Garden of the White House about how the images he had seen of dead children had changed his opinion on Mr Assad.
While on route to Florida to meet with the Chinese president, he was asked his thoughts on Mr Assad and he said “something should happen”.
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