According to reports, explosions have been heard within Syria’s Damascus region as US President Donald Trump announced on Friday that he was ordering US forces to “launch precision strikes on Syria.”
Multiple unconfirmed reports have surfaced of Syrian military bases being hit by US, UK and French airstrikes. Reuters has stated that a scientific research center in Damascus was also hit.
Following US President Donald Trump’s announcement Friday, netizens took to Twitter to share photos and videos of “big explosions” going off.
According to Reuters, Syrian State TV reported that air strikes are targeting Damascus and surrounding areas. The Syrian military is responding to the air strikes with anti-aircraft weapons. A total of 20 missiles were allegedly intercepted by the Syrian Army.
Several hours after the strike, the Russian MoD reported that the US, UK and France had targeted both the military and civil infrastructure. Russian military also said that none of the western coalition’s cruise missiles had entered the zone covered by Russian air defense systems protecting the Tartus and Hmeymim bases.
US officials told reporters that the strike involved Tomahawk cruise missiles, the same missiles that the US dropped on Syria in response to the alleged Khan Shaykhun chemical attack on April 7, 2017.
In a press briefing, the US Department of Defense stated that the operation was “specifically associated” with chemical research facilities and chemical storage sites. Three main chemical sites were targeted along with a command center.