President Donald Trump announced that the United States launched an air attack against Syria on Tuesday.
The missile launch was directed at a government air force base where a chemical attack was launched on Syrian civilians April 4. That chemical attack was launched by Syria President Bashar al-Assad and killed almost 100 people and injured hundreds more with a strong nerving agent.
Watch the videos of the air strikes released from the Pentagon in the video at the top of the page.
Early reports say that at least four people were killed in the air strikes, including some soldiers.
The Pentagon issued a statement that said the U.S. strike took place at 8:40 p.m. EST (4:40 a.m. Syrian time) and was conducted using 59 Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles launched from USS Porter and USS Ross in the eastern Mediterranean Sea.
It said that the U.S. “took extraordinary measures to avoid civilian casualties” and Russian forces were notified before the attacck took place.
The missiles were aimed at al-Shayrat airfield, a military site located near Homs in Syria.
Trump called the strike a “targeted attack” in his speech to reporters at Mar-a-Lago. It took aim at the base and attacked the runway, aircraft and several fuel points.
Read Trump’s full statement below:
The president said in his speech there is no doubt that the chemical weapons used in Assad’s attack “illegal” weapons that violated the Chemical Weapons Convention.
Here are some photos and videos from the scene of the attack: