Israel says US-led strikes have enforced Syria red line

Sergio Conner
April 14, 2018

The ministry stated that Ankara considers the operation carried out early this morning by the United States, United Kingdom and France as an appropriate response to the chemical weapons attack, which caused the death of many civilians in Douma on April 7.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday he had discussed with his USA and Russian counterparts potential steps for peace in Syria, after a series of phone calls in recent days.

"The conscience of the global community is in no doubt about that", it added.

"We find the operation appropriate", Erdoğan said, welcoming the strikes.

"The innocent Syrian people should have been defended long ago", he added.

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Erdogan said he had a "sleepless night" as he monitored all the developments. "Do you remember your humanity only in the use of chemical weapons?" he asked during a party rally in Istanbul.

"It would have been unthinkable for the global community to not retaliate against the Syrian regime, which appears to have carried out a chemical attack in Douma on April 7. We urge the worldwide community to unite and prevent future chemical attacks".

"Turkey was informed ahead of the attack", he wrote on Twitter. Turkey is a vocal critic of Assad's regime in Damascus and backed rebels fighting for his ouster.

Earlier in the day, Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag has said: "Before striking targets in Syria, the chiefs of the General Staff of the United States and Turkey, as well as our [Turkish] President and [US President] Trump discussed this issue". "The Incirlik base was not used in the attack".

Erdogan, who had a telephone conversation with British Prime Minister Theresa May following the strikes, said he would also speak with French President Emmanuel Macron.

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