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Supporters of Syrian president hold protest in America against airstrikes

By Rudaw 15/4/2018
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad came together in the American city of Los Angeles, California to protest the recent airstrikes by the US, UK and France against the Syrian regime and its allies over the alleged recent chemical attacks in the city of Douma.

Dozens of protestors filled the streets of Los Angeles on Saturday carrying signs that read “Peace, Not War, In Syria,”, “Assad is defending Syria from the wrath of terrorism,” and one sign read, “White Helmets = Terrorists.”

Some supporters also carried the Syrian flag with a photo of Assad on the front.

The three Western members of the UN Security Council allege the Syrian regime was responsible for a chemical attack in Douma on April 7 that killed approximately 50 people. 

Damascus claims that the alleged Douma chemical weapon attack was fabricated by the White Helmets and said the group was “instructed by Western intelligence.”

The White Helmets, also known as the Syria Civil Defense rescue workers, is a volunteer group of first responders founded in 2014 with the rise of ISIS. The group helps rescue civilians caught in the midst of Syrian conflicts and were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2016.

In response to the alleged chemical attacks in Douma, US President Donald Trump and his allies, the UK and France ordered precision and unilateral strikes against the Syrian Air Force early on Saturday morning.

At about 4 a.m. local time on Saturday, the three countries launched missiles from planes and ships targeting military facilities in Syria alleged to be used to facilitate chemical weapons attacks.

The event was described as a combined American, British and French "response to atrocities" via military, economic, and diplomatic instruments. 

Secretary General of the United Nations Security Council condemned the recent airstrikes, stating that military intervention to the Syrian crisis is not the answer to peace in the region.

"Syria today represents the most serious threat to international peace and security," UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres told the Security Council at an emergency meeting held on Saturday.

"There is no military solution to the crisis,” he added. “The solution must be political."

The Syrian civil war that began in 2011, coupled the ISIS conflict, has claimed the lives of more than 400,000 people and caused the worst refugee crisis since World War II. 


Photos by AFP/David McNew

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