Syrians show support for Assad in Damascus rally
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Hundreds of Syrians gathered in a landmark square in Damascus on Monday to show support for the Syrian government’s armed forces after the airstrikes by the U.S. and its allies, The Associated Press reported.

State television broadcast the rally live as participants waved Syrian flags and set off fireworks and celebratory gunfire, according to the AP.

People could be heard shouting “Allah, Syria, and only Bashar,” a reference to Syrian leader Bashar Assad.


The U.S., U.K. and France launched missile strikes on three chemical weapons facilities in Syria on Friday.

The strikes were in retaliation for a suspected chemical weapon attack earlier this month in a rebel-controlled suburb of Damascus that left more than 40 people dead.

The U.S. has said the recent airstrikes will set back Syria’s chemical weapons program for years and make the Syrian government think twice before carrying out another chemical weapons attack.

But Syria has sought to show through demonstrations and images and video on state-controlled broadcasts that the attacks did little to harm Assad's government.