De­fi­ant Syr­i­ans hit streets

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS -

HUN­DREDS of Syr­i­ans gath­ered in Da­m­as­cus, honk­ing car horns, flash­ing vic­tory signs and wav­ing Syr­ian flags in de­fi­ance at the al­lied airstrikes.

Ve­hi­cles with loud­speak­ers took to the streets blar­ing na­tion­al­ist songs and Syr­ian pres­i­dent As­sad tweeted “Good souls will not be hu­mil­i­ated”.

Lo­cals be­gan gath­er­ing in Omayyad square in the Syr­ian cap­i­tal. Many waved Syr­ian, Rus­sian and Ira­nian flags.

The mis­sile strike had be­gun at about sun­rise lo­cal time, with ex­plo­sions com­pet­ing with the loud­speak­ers from the city’s mosques call­ing for morn­ing pray­ers.

A se­nior Syr­ian op­po­si­tion leader said the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity will have to bear the re­spon­si­bil­ity for “any re­venge­ful es­ca­la­tion” from the Syr­ian gov­ern­ment or its al­lies fol­low­ing joint airstrikes from the US, Bri­tain and France.

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