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Syrian Su-22 in a hangar at Al Shayrat airbase (image for representation)

Syrian Su-22 warplanes took off from ‘Shayrat’ airbase on Friday hours after it was struck by the 59 US Tomahawk cruise missiles.

Friday's strikes have left small damage. The runway has been left undamaged and the destroyed six MiG-23 fighter jets were under repairs, Zaman-Al-Wasl portal reported quoting unnamed sources as saying Monday.

Two Su-22 warplanes took off from the air base on Friday after the attacks, the sources said.

Meanwhile, Syrian air force is moving its warplanes to the Russian-controlled Hmeimym airbase in Latakia province and to the civil airports over fears of new US air strikes, the news portal reported.

The Damascus, Qamishli and Aleppo international airports will act as a substitute of military airports.

The US had launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles on Syrian government airfield late last Thursday evening as retaliation to Tuesday’s deadly chemical attack by the Bashar al-Assad regime in a rebel-held area.

The Pentagon released details on the strike, saying it was conducted using tomahawk missiles launched from the destroyers USS Porter and USS Ross in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. The missiles struck Al Shayrat airfield near Homs in Syria at around 3.45 am early Friday.

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