First footage of tomahawk missile attack on Syria

The Pentagon has released footage of the United States cruise missile attack on Syria, which was launched following the deadly chemical attack on civilians on Tuesday.

Over 50 tomahawk missiles were fired on Friday by two US Naval ships in the eastern Mediterranean sea.

The missile attack was carried out on President Donald Trump's orders, marking the first US military action against the Syrian Government in the six-year-old Syrian Civil War.

The video shows the missiles rising into the sky with a long tail of flames, before heading off to their targets.

The tomahawk normally carries a warhead of up to 450kg, and can fly over 1500km before striking its target.

While the missile has less explosive capability than the larger bombs carried by US warplanes, the main advantage of using them is they do not put human pilots at risk of being shot down.