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|Summary:||Syrians gather in capital in defiance after airstrikes|
|Date:||04/14/2018 06:46 AM|
Hundreds of Syrians gathered at landmark squares in the Syrian capital on Saturday, honking their car horns, flashing victory signs and waving Syrian flags in scenes of defiance that followed unprecedented joint airstrikes by the United States, France and Britain.
A few hours earlier, before sunrise, loud explosions jolted Damascus and the sky turned orange as Syrian air defence units fired surface-to-air missiles in response to three waves of military strikes meant to punish Syrian President Bashar Assad for his alleged use of chemical weapons.
Associated Press reporters saw smoke rising from east Damascus and what appeared to be a fire light up the sky. From a distance, US missiles hitting suburbs of the capital sounded like thunder.
Shortly after the one-hour attack ended, vehicles with loudspeakers roamed the streets of Damascus blaring nationalist songs.
Damascus - 14 April 2018
1. Sunrise over Damascus
2. Various of protesters chanting at Al-Oumawiyeen square
3. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Abdulhamid Salhab, Strategic researcher:
"This strike that was conducted by the United States of America with collaboration of its allies, the French and the British, will not affect the steadfast of the Syrian Arab people and will not affect the morale of the brave Syrian Arab Army. The Syrian Arab Army achieved a lot and was able to liberate 90 percent of the Syrian territories"
4. Various of people celebrating on vehicles passing by
5. Men waving with Syrian, Russian and Iranian flags
6. Man holding Syrian President Bashar Assad's poster
7. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Mahmoud Ibrahim, Syrian protester:
"We are not scared of the American missiles, we humiliated its missiles, we are in the streets, in the squares, we are not in shelters as they say. The Gulf money was vanished in 50 minutes. They laughed on them."
8. Various of army soldiers celebrating