A US missile strike targeting an airbase in central Syria killed nine civilians, including four children. State news agency SANA reported that five of the civilians were killed in the village of Shayrat just outside the base. It said four more were killed in two other nearby villages named Al-Hamrat and Al-Manzul.
Washington said it fired a barrage of 59 cruise missiles at the Shayrat base in response to what President Donald Trump called a barbaric chemical attack on a rebel-held town on Tuesday that he blamed on the Damascus regime.
Meanwhile, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s office said, US missile strike on an airbase in central Syria early today was foolish and irresponsible. Assad’s office said the government would redouble its efforts against rebel groups after the US strike.