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Protest against Syria strikes in New York city

IANS  |  New York 

A against the US-led air strikes on was held at the in

"I'm opposed to it. It's another example of US imperial expansion in the Middle East," said Gordon Barnes, an at Queens College,

Barnes, who joined the on Saturday, said he did not believe that military attacks will solve the problem in and viewed the US military action as a disingenuous one, reports

Asked about the refugee crisis that has aroused much controversy, Barnes said he was in favour of letting the refugees into the because the country is in part responsible for the crisis, not only in Syria, but also in other places around the world.

Like Barnes, many voiced concerns for the civilians affected by the air strikes in

"My heart goes out to the innocent Syrians who will suffer from this," said a resident of

Others questioned the legitimacy of the attack.

On Friday night, the US, and the UK launched coordinated strikes in as sought to "punish" his Syrian counterpart for a in Douma, Eastern Ghouta, that killed over 70 people.

The strikes targeted three facilities associated with Syria's chemical weapons arsenal, including a scientific research facility around Damascus, a around alleged to be used for and a nearby command post, according to the

has reacted strongly to the air strikes and warned of "consequences".

After the strikes were launched, the Police Department said in a statement that counterterrorism officers have been deployed in and around the city.

However, it assured citizens that "there is no nexus to New York City, nor are there any credible threats to New York City, at this time".

--IANS

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First Published: Sun, April 15 2018. 12:26 IST
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