Turkey calls Syria airstrikes 'late response' to regime

Turkey calls Syria airstrikes 'late response' to regime

"With the joint operation by US, UK and France on Saturday, the Syrian regime received the message that its massacres wouldn't be left unanswered", Erdogan told his ruling AK Party supporters in an Istanbul meeting.

"Whoever the perpetrators they should pay a price".

Earlier in the day, several targets in Syria were hit by over 100 cruise missiles and surface-to-air missiles fired jointly by the US, Britain and France, in a punitive strike over an alleged chemical incident in Douma blamed on the Syrian government.

Erdogan held a telephone conversation with British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron following the strikes.

"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.

Presidents Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation hold a joint news conference after their meeting in Ankara, Turkey, April 4, 2018.

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

Both the regime of Syria's Bashar al-Assad and Russian Federation, its ally, have denied all responsibility for the April 7 attack.

"Turkey was informed ahead of the attack", he wrote on Twitter. "Base Incirlik was not involved in the strike".

The statement noted that attacks on civilians with weapons of mass destruction, including chemical weapons, were crimes against humanity.

Calling on the global community to unite in order to prevent any such chemical attacks in the future, he said: "Efforts to only destroy chemical weapons will not be enough to end the instability in the region".

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