Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

US, France, Britain launch strikes on Syria

US, France, Britain launch strikes on Syria

"Last year, (U.S.) President (Donald) Trump made it clear that using chemical weapons crossed a red line". "Israel's support remains unchanged", Netanyahu said.

"A combined operation with the armed forces of France and the United Kingdom is now under way. This massacre was a significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons use by that very bad regime".

"The United States and its allies have no proof and, without even waiting for the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to take a position, have carried out this military attack", said the foreign ministry in a statement.

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The premier said he spoke with May on Saturday night following the joint strikes, which targeted three alleged chemical weapons facilities in Syria.

They "are responsible for the regional consequences of this adventurist action", it said, condemning a "clear violation of worldwide rules and laws".

To that end, Netanyahu declared, "A year ago, I made clear that Israel fully supports the decision by President Trump to stand against the use and spread of chemical weapons", in an apparent reference to previous United States strikes against Syria in April 2017 following a sarin gas attack attributed to Assad's regime.

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Also on Sunday, two Israeli ministers said their country would continue to act to prevent Iran from establishing itself militarily in Syria. "This morning, the US, Britain, and France proved that their commitment to the fight against chemical weapons is not limited to statements only", he added.

The U.S. -led coalition Saturday launched airstrikes against Syrian targets in response to a suspected chemical attack near the capital Damascus April 7. Several opposition party leaders also issued statements praising the retaliation for the use of chemical weapons.

The U.S. notified Israel on Friday before it carried out missile strikes on Syrian targets, an Israeli official told Reuters.

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