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Tens of thousands of Syrians celebrate independence day, interception of Western missiles – Reports

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Tens of thousands of Syrians gathered in the streets of Damascus on Monday to celebrate the day of  Syria’s independence from French rule, latest military victories of the Syrian army over terrorism, and interception of most of the missiles,local media reported.

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The missiles were launched by France, the UK and the U.S. on Saturday weekend.

Tens of thousands of Syrians gathered at the Umayyad Square in Damascus, Syrian state agency SANA reported.

Syrian television broadcast the celebrations live.

Men, women and children waved Syrian flags and portraits of President Bashar Assad, sang patriotic songs and
shouted “No to triple aggression!” in reference to the air strikes by U.S., UK and French forces.

On April 17, Syria annually celebrates the day of the withdrawal of the last French troops from the country.

French rule in Syria and Lebanon ceased in 1943, but French troops remained in Syria until April 17, 1946.

This year’s celebration is more jubilant than it has been in the past four years thanks to latest developments.

On Friday night, the United States, France, and the UK launched strikes on a number of targets in
Syria in response to the alleged chemical incident in the Damascus suburb of Duma.

The West has accused Assad’s forces of attacking Duma with chemical weapons.

Syrian leadership has denied any involvement in the attack and invited experts from the Organisation for the
Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to investigate the claims.

According to the Russian Defence Ministry, the three countries fired over 100 cruise and air-to-surface missiles,
most of which were shot down by the Syrian air defence.

According to Damascus, which has repeatedly said it eliminated its chemical weapons stockpiles, the attack damaged
Syrian infrastructure and left three civilians injured.

Russian President Vladimir Putin stated on Saturday that the strikes had been carried out in violation of the
norms and principles of international law. (Sputnik/NAN)



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