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Turkey welcomes strikes on Syria as 'appropriate': foreign ministry

AFP  |  Ankara 

today welcomed Western strikes targeting Syrian Bashar al-Assad's regime as an "appropriate response" in retaliation for a that left dozens dead.

"We welcome this operation which has eased humanity's conscience in the face of the attack in Douma, largely suspected to have been carried out by the regime," the Turkish foreign ministry said in a statement.

The United States, Britain and carried out a wave of strikes against Assad's regime today a week after the on the rebel-held suburb of Douma.

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.

"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," the ministry 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 bun recent months 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. 13:45 IST