Assad's aircraft took off again from the bombed base
Donald Trump ordered more than 50 missile strikes on strategic Syrian locations in a bid to send a warning to the country’s despot Bashar al-Assad who has been accused of using chemical weapons on civilians.
According to the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights, which has intelligence on the ground, eight people died as a result of the strike.
America claimed there was “significant damage” to the Shayrat air base and surrounding area and video suggested much of it had been reduced to rubble.
However, Syrian warplanes were able to take off again today, possibly en-route to launching another devastating attack.
President Assad called his US counterpart’s airstrikes “rash and ill-advised” while Russia’s envoy to the UN, Vladimir Safronkov, launched a stinging attack on US officials.
He said: “We strongly condemn the illegitimate action by the US.
"The consequences of this for regional and international stability could be extremely serious."
Nikki Haley, America’s UN ambassador, said: “The United States took a very measured step last night.”
At least 72 people died in the sarin nerve agent gas attack, with dozens more injured.
The Syrian government claims it bombed a munitiions factory being used by rebels and the chemicals belonged to the revolutionary forces.
They denied allegations they carried out a deliberate attack on civilians.
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