A boy looks on in a bus carrying Syrian victims of suspected chemical attack back to the Syrian border after treatment at Reyhanli hospital in Hatay on April 7, 2017. AFP / OZAN KOSE
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In the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun, site of an alleged chemical weapons attack, residents still mourning their dead Friday welcomed U.S. strikes as a way to pressure Damascus.The attack ordered by President Donald Trump was the first direct U.S. military action against Syria's government since the conflict began six years ago.If confirmed, Khan Sheikhoun would be the second-deadliest chemical attack in the Syrian war, after a 2013 attack believed to have killed hundreds of people in Eastern Ghouta near Damascus.The Eastern Ghouta attack was blamed on Syria's government and prompted then-U.S. President Barack Obama to threaten military action, though he ultimately held off after a deal for Damascus to turn over its chemical arsenal.In the Eastern Ghouta town of Douma, residents welcomed the U.S. attack Friday, but urged more military action.More than 320,000 people have been killed and over half the country displaced since Syria's conflict began, shattering families.
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