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Erdogan welcomes Syria strikes against Assad regime

AFP  |  Istanbul 

Turkish today welcomed Western strikes against Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad's regime as "appropriate" in retaliation for Damascus' "inhumane" attacks.

"We consider this operation as appropriate," Erdogan told a meeting of his ruling party in

"The regime has seen that its mounting attacks in recent days against dissidents... will not be left unanswered."

The United States, Britain and carried out a wave of pre-dawn strikes against the Assad regime today in response to a suspected attack that killed dozens of civilians on April 7.

Erdogan said he had a "sleepless night" as he monitored all the developments.

"It is not possible for us to approve the situation encountered by (Syrian) babies as a result of the use of chemicals weapons," he said.

"Whoever the perpetrators they should pay a price." Erdogan, who had a with British following the strikes, said he would also speak with French

The Turkish leader told May his country "clearly condemned" the use of since the very beginning, in a call with the British premier, a Turkish presidential source said.

He said the only way to long-lasting peace in was a "political solution," the source added. The Turkish leader also emphasised the importance of de-escalating the tension in the region.

Turkish Deputy said the strikes had not been launched via Turkey's southern

"was informed ahead of the attack," he wrote on "The Incirlik base was not used in the attack." In a statement, the Turkish foreign ministry said the US-led operation "has eased humanity's conscience in the face of" the

"The Syrian regime, which has been tyrannising its own people for more than seven years, be it with conventional or chemical weapons, has a proven track record of crimes against humanity and war crimes," it said.

"The conscience of the international community is in no doubt about that." is a of Assad's regime in and backed rebels fighting for his ouster. In recent months, however, it has closely worked with for a in even though remains a chief ally of the regime.

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First Published: Sat, April 14 2018. 20:10 IST
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