Syrian-Americans express anger over US-led airstrikes in Syria

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Associated Press

Syrian-Americans have expressed anger at the missile strike on their homeland as they celebrated their country's independence day at a rally in Pennsylvania.

Members of the Syrian community celebrate Syrian Independence Day during a ceremony at St. George Orthodox Church.

Members of the Syrian community celebrate Syrian Independence Day during a ceremony at St. George Orthodox Church.

Source: Associated Press

The Morning Call of Allentown reports a crowd of about 50 Syrians chanted in Arabic and sang the Syrian national anthem at the annual event. They also sang the "Star-Spangled Banner."

The rally in Allentown is usually a celebration of Syria's independence. But the Syrian community, which is one of the largest in the U.S., is deeply divided about its feelings about Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

On Saturday, those commemorating Syria's independence from France in 1946 were on Assad's side, calling the missile strike by the US, Britain and France illegal.

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