Lots of of Syrians have gathered in a landmark sq. within the capital of Damascus in assist of their armed forces, which they are saying succeeded in confronting the unprecedented joint airstrikes by the West over the weekend.

Monday’s rally in in Omayyad Sq. is being broadcast reside on Syrian state media.

The protesters are waving Syrian flags on the demonstration, dubbed a “salute to the achievements of the Arab Syrian Military.” They set off fireworks and unleashed celebratory gunfire.

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

Syrian media, Russian and Syrian officers have sought to downplay the influence of the joint airstrikes, saying the Syrian air defenses have intercepted a lot of the missiles. The Pentagon says no missiles have been engaged.