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Hundreds rally in Damascus in support of Assad’s army

Demonstrators set off fireworks and fired guns.

Hundreds of Syrians have gathered in the capital Damascus in support of their armed forces, which they say succeeded in confronting the unprecedented joint airstrikes by the West over the weekend.

Monday’s rally in Omayyad Square was being broadcast live on Syrian state media.

The supporters waved Syrian flags at the demonstration, called a “salute to the achievements of the Arab Syrian Army”.

They set off fireworks and unleashed celebratory gunfire.

Shouts of “Allah, Syria, and only Bashar,” a reference to Syrian president Bashar Assad rang out.

Syrian media, Russian and Syrian officials have sought to downplay the impact of the joint airstrikes, saying the Syrian air defences have intercepted most of the missiles.

The Pentagon said no missiles were engaged.

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