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Cyprus peace groups protest Syria airstrike at US embassy

AP  |  Nicosia 

Several hundred Cypriot, Palestinian and Syrian protesters waved Syrian flags and chanted anti-Western slogans in front of the in to condemn the American-led airstrikes in

Protesters from a coalition of left-wing groups and Cyprus' communist-rooted said the "aggression" against on Saturday was unjustified without proof the regime of used on its own people.

"It hasn't been proven that were used and by whom, if they were used," Christina Christofia, the daughter of former Dimitris Christofias, said yesterday.

"In our estimation, it's just another manufactured excuse for another military, imperialistic intervention." Participants at the protest, who included families with small children, also criticized the use of as a launch-pad for attacks against the Syrian people.

British warplanes took off from a UK air base in the island nation, a former British colony, to take part in Saturday's missile strikes against facilities in

Demonstrators outside the chanted "Imperialism is the one enemy" and "Coups, wars, terror, that's NATO's black legacy." A group calling itself the Syrian Arab Community unfurled a banner describing the airstrikes a "reckless and irresponsible act" while a protester wrote "Hands Off Syria" on the asphalt in

A dozen riot police were on hand during the rally, but kept a discreet distance.

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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 06:45 IST