For the millions of Syrian refugees scattered across camps and illegal settlements, the chemical attack on a town in northern Syria and subsequent U.S. strike was a rare moment when the world turned its attention to Syria, before turning away again.
Some cheered the U.S. cruise missiles that hit an air base in central Syria — the first U.S. strike against Syrian troops — but others insist they are opposed to any U.S. intervention in their country. Few had any hopes that the apparent sudden shift in President Donald Trump's policy would end up helping their situation.
"I saw him (Trump) on TV, he says he sympathizes with the kids but then he shuts them out. What kind of support is that?" asked Hamrin Mohammed, 30, a Syrian refugee from the northern Syrian town of Derik, who fled the fighting in Syria and has been living in a camp in northern Iraq for years.
The military strike marked a swift reversal on Syria for Trump, who had repeatedly said the U.S. should stay out of the years-long civil war. But several refugees regarded Trump's policy shift with a certain bitterness, noting that he said he was moved to act by photos of the "beautiful babies" killed in the gas attack after working for months to bar millions of refugee children and their families from entering the United States.
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