US strikes on Syria: Donald Trump’s missile attack ‘kills four children’ as Russia condemns ‘aggression’

US missile strikes on a Syrian air base have reportedly killed nine civilians – including four children – as Donald Trump launched the first direct American attack on Bashar Assad’s regime.

Britain has described the overnight assault as an “appropriate response” to this week’s “barbaric” chemical attack in Syria, while Russia warned the act of “aggression” will damage its relations with America.

Four children are reported to be among nine civilians killed in the “targeted assault” on the air base, from where Mr Trump said a devastating nerve agent strike was launched earlier this week. Six servicemen – none of them Russian – are believed to have also been killed.

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