UPDATE April 8 at 8:26a.m.:Syrian activists and state media said Saturday that an airstrike by the U.S. on a northern village held by the Islamic State group has killed at least 13 civilians, including children.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says 15 people including four children were killed in the airstrike on the village of Hneida.
UPDATE 11:08a.m.: House Majority leader Senator Mitch McConnell said the airstrikes on Syria sent a clear message to Syria to not use chemical weapons anymore.
He said the strike was about "don't use chemical weapons again," in a news briefing Friday. He also said that president Trump had the authority to launch the missiles and is glad he did.
The Russian military Friday said it would help Syria strengthen its air defenses after the US launched a missile strike on a Syrian air base.
Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said Friday that a "complex of measures" to strengthen Syrian air defenses will be done shortly to help "protect the most sensitive Syrian infrastructure facilities."
UPDATE 6:03 a.m. EST: World leaders are responding to president Donald Trump's missile strike on a Syrian airbase.
Italy says the U.S. strikes on Syria were "proportionate" given the "war crimes" committed by the Assad regime in using chemical weapons against its own people.
Prime Minister Theresa May's office says the action was "an appropriate response to the barbaric chemical weapons attack launched by the Syrian regime, and is intended to deter further attacks."
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Israel's president says the U.S. strike on Syria was an "appropriate response" to the "unthinkable brutality" of the chemical attacks in Syria this week that killed dozens of civilians.
Turkish and French officials have also voiced their support of the U.S.' strike.
Russia's foreign minister strongly condemned the strike, saying it violated international law.
Denmark's PM Lars Loekke Rasmussen early Friday tweeted his reaction to the strike.
UPDATE 5:47 a.m. EST:
At least six people were killed in Thursday night's missile strike on a Syrian airbase, according to a televised statement by the Syrian's Armed Forces General Command.
According to the Associated Press, Syrian military said the U.S.' strike also wounded several others.
UPDATE 10:03 p.m. EST:
Speaking from his Florida residence, President Trump said it is in the vital national interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of chemical weapons. As a result, he said, he launched a targeted missile campaign to the Syrian airbase, from which, he claimed, the chemical attack was launched. Embodying a striking solemn tone, the 45th commander-in-chief said that the chemical attack "choked out the lives of helpless men, women, and children," adding it was a slow and brutal death for many.
WATCH | President Trump speaks from Mar-a-Lago.
Trump also commented on the previous administration's attempts to change President Bashar-al Assad's behavior. He said such policy "failed very dramatically."
UPDATE 9:59 p.m. EST:
President Trump called on "all civilized nations" to join the U.S. in seeking an end to bloodshed in Syria. He added that "peace and harmony will prevail" as long as the U.S. continues to stand for justice, according to the Associated Press.
UPDATE 9:53 p.m. EST:
According to the White House pool report, President Trump offered a brief statement from his residence at Mar-a-Lago. He confirmed that he ordered missile strikes at a Syrian airfield Thursday evening.
WATCH | The US launches Tomahawk missiles into Syria.
UPDATE 9:41 p.m. EST:
Sens. John McCain, R-AZ, and Lindsey Graham, R-SC, applauded the U.S. Armed Forces who carried out the strikes in Syria. They also praised Trump for taking a sharp turn in foreign policy.
"Unlike the previous administration, President Trump confronted a pivotal moment in Syria and took action," a joint statement read. "For that he deserves the support of the American people."
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Their praise comes hours after the two senators released a statement saying there is a need for action in Syria.
ORIGINAL STORY: According to MSNBC, President Trump launched more than 50 Tomahawk missiles into Syria. The strike occurred just 72 hours after a chemical attack hit killed dozens.
Earlier on Thursday, the Trump administration hinted at military action. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the White House was in the midst of developing plans of retaliation.
NBC NEWS: President Trump has launched over 50 Tomahawk missiles, striking Syria— Kasie Hunt (@kasie) April 7, 2017
U.S. officials said the Tomahawk missiles were fired from two warships in the Mediterranean Sea. They targeted Ash Sha'irat, a government-controlled air base, in Homs province in western Syria.
"This will be a very big demonstration to the Assad regime that red lines to this administration matter," the official told affiliate WJLA.
The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, described the order as a multi-platform attack consisting of drone strikes and guided missiles going after assets the Syrian army is believed to have used to attack their own people.