Syrian fighter jets took off from the Shayrat airbase, the very same airbase which was hit by U.S. Tomahawk missiles just hour before, in order to carry out strikes.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that two warplanes “took off from inside the Shayrat base, which is partially back in service, and struck targets near Palmyra,” according to the report.
The Agence France Presse news agency also issued a confirming report:
#BREAKING Jets carry out strikes from Syria base hit by US: monitor
— AFP news agency (@AFP) April 7, 2017
President Trump on Thursday ordered the launch of some 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles from two U.S. Navy warships in the Mediterranean Sea which targeted the Shayrat airbase in retaliation for the chemical attack which the U.S. and various Western officials claim was carried out by Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad against his own people.
The chemical attack which killed at least 70 people, many of them children, in the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun. The Syrian government has denied it was behind the attack.
Shayrat was reportedly the base from which Syrian warplanes took off to carry out the attack.
The U.S. military action put Trump at odds with Russia, which has air and ground forces in Syria after intervening there on Assad’s side in 2015 and turning the tide against mostly Sunni Muslim rebel groups.
Trump has until now focused his Syria policy almost exclusively on defeating Islamic State militants in northern Syria, where U.S. special forces are supporting Arab and Kurdish armed groups
The missile attack resulted in seven Syrian casualties.