Madiha Raza heard a "deafening explosion" (Picture: PA).

Aid Worker Heard A "Deafening Explosion" From Allied Air Strike On Syria

A British aid worker has described hearing a "deafening explosion" following an air strike on Syria carried out by the UK, US and France.

Madiha Raza heard a "deafening explosion" (Picture: PA).

Madiha Raza heard a "deafening explosion" (Picture: PA).

A British aid worker has described hearing a "deafening explosion" following an air strike on Syria carried out by the UK, US and France.

In response to an alleged chemical attack on the town of Douma, eastern Ghouta, more than 100 missiles were fired in an overnight attack on three facilities connected to the Syrian regime's suspected chemical weapons programme.

"I just could not believe how loud it was and the whole building rattled and the windows rattled."

Four Royal Air Force Tornado GR4s joined the strikes, launching Storm Shadow missiles at a base 15 miles west of Homs.

Where the attack came from
Where the Syria strikes came from (Picture: US Department of Defense/Twitter).

The Ministry of Defence told the BBC that eight missiles were launched, two from each jet. 

Madiha Raza, who works for the British-based charity Muslim Aid, was on her third trip to Syria when missiles struck a target just five miles from her hotel in Damascus.

The 29-year-old from London said: 

"I was asleep and I woke up because of deafening explosions, which seemed as if they were right outside.

"I was just so perplexed because I did not know what was going on. I just could not believe how loud it was and the whole building rattled and the windows rattled.

"It continued for a good five minutes. As soon as I heard the first or second explosion I jumped out of bed and looked out of the window to see if I could see where it was or how far.

"I could see a bit of smoke but I couldn't really see anything else as it was 4am - there were some sparks."

Ms Raza admitted it was an "unnerving" experience, stating that explosions were happening "every few seconds".

 "I was here in February during the bombardment of eastern Ghouta, which is also just a few kilometres away from Damascus where I was staying, and that time I could hear it," she said.

"But this one actually scared me... it was actually a very scary situation because of just how loud and close it seemed."

Ms Raza, who described life in Damascus as normal, said that even after the bombing "life just goes on, it was like nothing had happened".

Pressed on what the general feeling was like amongst Syrians following the strikes, she said:

"I think people are annoyed, irritated - obviously it is a Western intervention and people don't tend to like that.

"But because there weren't casualties this time I think it was less chaotic than it would have been if there were.

"But I do know there were protests, one of the locals mentioned there were protests in some of the cities against the strikes."

Allies: Air strikes were a success

Theresa May speaks at a press conference regarding the strikes on Syria.
Theresa May said there was "no practicable alternative" to the strikes.

Announcing the operation, Prime Minister Theresa May said there was "no practicable alternative to the use of force".

Mrs May said "every possible diplomatic channel" had been explored before authorising the strikes, adding that it was not a decision she had taken lightly.

The Ministry of Defence said it was a "successful attack".

Donald Trump
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Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: "The reprehensible use of chemical weapons in Douma is further evidence of the Syrian regime's appalling cruelty against its own people.

"We will not stand by whilst innocent civilians, including women and children, are killed and made to suffer."

Across the Atlantic, US President Donald Trump also spoke about the attack.

In a speech, he said: 

"This evil and despicable act left mothers and fathers and children thrashing in pain and gasping for air.

"The combined American, British and French response will integrate all instruments of our national power."

The US President later Tweeted 'Mission Accomplished!'.

French president Emmanuel Macron said there was no doubt the Syrian regime was responsible for the chemical attack in Douma.

He said: "We cannot tolerate the trivialisation of the use of chemical weapons, which represent an immediate danger for the Syrian people and for our collective security.

"The red line set by France in May 2017 has been crossed."

Meanwhile, Syria's closest ally, Russia have responded to the attack.

President Vladimir Putin denounced the strikes as an "act of aggression" that will only exacerbate Syria's humanitarian catastrophe.