People are urging Western nations to take caution in the wake of France's "massive" air strike on the Isis stronghold of Raqqa in Syria on Sunday.
Two days after the horrific attacks on the French capital, which claimed the lives of at least 129 people, France retaliated by striking a jihadi training camp and a munitions depot on the Syrian city.
Twelve aircraft including 10 fighter jets dropped about 20 bombs on Raqqa, where the Paris massacre was reportedly planned.
But the move has sparked mixed emotions, with some saying that the air strikes will result in innocent casualties, while others believe that France is justified and was "defending itself".
Completely heart broken. No one deserve this. No one! This is all so wrong.November 16, 2015
— Saud Shafiq (@SaudShafiqPTI) November 16, 2015
If I #PrayForParis I shouldNovember 15, 2015
Some people have even gone so far as to accuse France of committing an act of "terrorism".
It's about the peace not solving terrorism with terrorism. #PrayForSyria— queen (@Honeymoonleigh) November 16, 2015
But others highlighted that France is defending itself and that it needs to retaliate.
You can #PrayforSyria cuz there will surely be innocent lives lost (collateral damage) but you CANNOT berate France for defending herself!— Scorpio King (@Young__GH) November 16, 2015
People are mad France is attacking Syria but can you expect a country to not defend themselves after being personally attacked— ☯Breezy☯ (@Twerk_It_Off) November 16, 2015
While others believe that France should be "defending itself", but that the response on Sunday was not the best solution.
I'm all for France defending themselves but I don't think that was the right way to do it. #PrayForSyria— ○zen○ (@harrythepepe) November 16, 2015
About 20 bombs were dropped on Raqqa on Sunday, making it the biggest air strike by French forces since the country extended its bombing campaign against the extremist group to Syria in September.
According to a French Defense Ministry statement, jets were launched from Jordan in coordination with US forces in the Persian Gulf.
The operation is believed to have struck a training camp for jihadists, a command centre, a recruitment centre for jihadists and a munitions depot.
On Saturday, ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks on the Stade de France, the Bataclan and Paris cafes. Seven of the assailants were killed, six by detonating suicide vests. Police shot one attacker, while an eighth suspect remains at large.
Police launched a series of anti-terror raids across France on Monday morning as a huge manhunt is under way for surviving members and accomplices of the terrorists who carried out the deadly attacks.
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