Syrian students have held a demonstration outside the United Nations offices in Damascus, urging the world body to stop supporting the United States and condemn Washington’s recent aggression against Syria.
“Death to America ... Death to Israel,” chanted protesters during the rally on Saturday while holding banners that condemned a recent US missile attack against a Syrian military base in the northwest of the country.
US military warships stationed in the eastern Mediterranean fired some 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at Shayrat air base near the city of Homs.
The White House claims the strike was a response to an alleged chemical weapons attack last week on a town in Idlib province, which the US and allies say was carried out by Syrian and Russian planes. Damascus and Moscow have both denied the allegation, blaming the militants in Idlib for the carnage.
The Syrian students said during the demonstration on Saturday that the US would go nowhere by blaming Syria over an allegation of possessing mass-killing weapons. Washington would fail in using such pretexts for starting a war as it was the case in Iraq in 2013, the demonstrators said.
“The Iraqi scenario will not be repeated in Syria,” read a banner carried by the protesters, making a reference to the US invasion of Iraq, which was unleashed in 2003 based on accusations that Iraq's former dictator Saddam Hussein had been hiding weapons of mass destruction, a belief that later turned out to be incorrect.
The students in Damascus also condemned the UN's silence toward the recent missile attack on Syria, saying the world body should have had condemned “the unjust American aggression against Syria.” A university student, identified as Ashraf Fadel, said the UN was “created to support America instead of serving the wronged people.”