Turkey welcomes US-led joint airstrikes on Syria

Turkey welcomes US-led joint airstrikes on Syria

There is no doubt in the global community's conscience on this matter.

"We welcome this operation that articulates the conscience of humanity to a chemical attack in Douma, which has a strong suspicion of being carried out by the Assad regime", the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

U.S., British and French forces hit Syria with air strikes early on Saturday in response to a suspected poison gas attack that killed more than 70 civilians last week, in the biggest intervention by Western powers against Syrian regime leader Bashar al-Assad. "The innocent Syrian people should have been defended long ago", Erdogan added.

"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 global community to unite and prevent future chemical attacks".

Government spokesman and Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ said the USA did not use the Incirlik air base located in southern Adana province in the attacks.

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

Turkey on Saturday welcomed the airstrikes launched by the U.S., Britain and France on Syria as an "appropriate reaction" to an alleged chemical attack.

Turkish President Recep Erdogan has warned against further escalation in Syria in a phone talk with UK PM Theresa May.

"Incirlik Base was not used [in the strikes]", Bozdağ added, referring to the US military air base placed in Turkey's southern province of Adana.

Erdogan also said the current situation showed tensions had eased, but that he would continue his talks with his US and Russian counterparts.