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Turkey's Edrogan welcomes United States, allied strike on Syria chemical weapons sites

16 April 2018
Turkey's Edrogan welcomes United States, allied strike on Syria chemical weapons sites

The U.S., the United Kingdom and France hit Syria with air strikes early on Saturday in response to a suspected poison gas attack that killed more than 70 civilians last week, in the biggest intervention by Western powers against Syrian regime leader Bashar al-Assad.

The US and its allies, Britain and France, carried out a wave of strikes against Assad's government on Saturday, a week after a suspected deadly gas attack on the rebel-held Damascus suburb of Douma.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan talked on the phone to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin about Syria, agreeing to work to reduce tension and continue efforts for a political solution, Erdogan's office said on Saturday.

Erdogan said that "the innocent Syrian people should have been defended long ago". The Turkish leader also emphasised the importance of de-escalating the tension in the region.

The spokesman stressed that in order to prevent further deaths in Syria a political solution was urgently needed.

Erdogan also stressed that Ankara supports a reduction of the escalation between Russian Federation and the United States in the Syrian crisis.

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said the strikes had not been launched via Turkey's southern Incirlik air base.

"Turkey was informed ahead of the attack", he wrote on Twitter.

It said the attacks, with weapons of mass destruction, including chemical weapons, that indiscriminately target civilians, "constitute crimes against humanity" and they should not go unpunished. There is no doubt in the worldwide community's conscience on this matter.