PHILADELPHIA (CBS)– Protesters gathered on the steps of City Hall in opposition to the U.S. airstrikes in Syria.
The demonstrations in Philly are just some of the many planned across the country following Thursday night’s missile strike.
Members of a large Syrian Christian community in eastern Pennsylvania were also planning to rally in opposition
Dr. Khaldoun Makhoul, a Syrian-born physician who immigrated to the United States 23 years ago, is the organizer of a planned rally in Allentown.
The city has one of the nation’s largest Syrian populations. They are mostly Christian and support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Makhoul says President Donald Trump made “totally and completely the wrong decision” by authorizing the missile attack on a Syrian air base in response to a deadly chemical weapons attack that U.S. officials blame on the Syrian government.
Makhoul and other Syrians in Allentown assert that civilians were exposed to chemical weapons from a rebel arsenal hit by Syrian warplanes.
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