Syrian opposition backs US strike on army airbase

Also nine planes as well as munition and fuel depots were destroyed in the USA strike on Syria's Shayrat airbase early Friday but the runway was intact, the Russian state channel Rossiya24 reported from the scene.

"It was a knee-jerk reaction because markets are starting to come back a little, as it doesn't seem like there will be further retaliation coming", said Christoffer Moltke-Leth, head of institutional client trading at Saxo Capital Markets in Singapore.

The US fired 59 Tomahawk missiles on a Syrian airbase in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack which killed civilians, drawing angry responses from Syria and its key ally Russian Federation.

The toughest USA action yet in Syria's six-year-old civil war has ramped up geopolitical uncertainty in the Middle East.

Five civilians, including three children, were killed by missiles that targeted the town of Shyrat where the targeted air base is located, said SANA, adding that another missile struck the nearby village of Hmairat, killing four civilians, including a child, and wounding seven others.

Moscow slammed the attack ordered by US President Donald Trump as "thoughtless" and called it "aggression against a sovereign state" that violated global norms.

The US said it notified both Russian Federation and Turkey before the missile strike. Speizer said there was a risk of a stronger number after figures from payrolls processor ADP showed United States companies added 263,000 workers in March, the most since December 2014.

The broader Topix was up 0.7 percent at 1,489.77 and the JPX-Nikkei Index 400 climbed 0.7 percent to 13,348.44.

E-mini S&P 500 futures lost 0.3 percent, having earlier tumbled as much as 0.7 percent, in unusually sharp moves for Asian hours.

The rouble skidded around 1 percent, putting it on course for its biggest one-day falls in a month.

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that "something should happen" with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad after a deadly poison gas attack in that country.

  • Zachary Reyes