Israeli PM voices 'total support' for strikes against Syria

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Sunday over Iran's presence in Syria after Western strikes in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons and a recent attack attributed to Israel.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu backs the joint airstrikes carried out against Syria in response to a suspected chemical attack. "This massacre was a significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons use by that very awful regime".

Asked how much warning Israel had received, the official told Reuters: "Between 12 and 24 hours, I believe".

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

"This aggression is created to compensate for the defeat of the terrorists" in Eastern Ghouta, an area recently recaptured by Syrian government forces, Iran's foreign ministry said.

Netanyahu reiterated that Israel fully supported Trump's decision to act against Assad's use of chemical weapons, and added that Jerusalem welcomed the French and British participation in the mission.

"Syria and Russia are fighting a battle not only against terrorism, but also for protecting global law ... based on respect for state sovereignty and the will of their people", Assad said at a meeting with members of Russia's ruling United Russia Party.

The joint missile strike by the U.S., Britain and France on Saturday came just days after Israeli forces reportedly attacked a Syrian air base. "Early this morning, under American leadership, the United States, France and the United Kingdom demonstrated that their commitment is not limited to proclamations of principle", Netanyahu said in a statement released on Saturday night after the end of the Jewish Sabbath. Several opposition party leaders also issued statements praising the retaliation for the use of chemical weapons.

The strikes came after an alleged chemical weapons attack on the rebel-held town of Douma that killed more than 40 people, according to medics and rescuers.

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