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Israel’s Netanyahu Voices ‘Full Support’ for US Strikes on Syria Weapons Facilities

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The remains of the Syrian regime’s Scientific Research Centre in Damascus following coalition airstrikes, April 14, 2018. Photo: Reuters/Omar Sanadiki.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday declared Israel’s “full support” for Friday’s US-led air strikes in Syria.

The US, allied with France and Britain, struck targets in and around Damascus in response to the Syrian regime’s alleged use of chemical weapons against rebel-held targets in the town of Douma. The Douma attack killed over 40 people, with hundreds wounded by exposure to chemical agents. The coalition strikes reportedly caused heavy damage to Syria’s chemical weapons infrastructure.

Netanyahu made the statement after the strikes via his official Twitter account.

“A year ago, I declared Israel’s full support for @POTUS Trump’s decision to take a stand against the use and spread of chemical weapons,” he said. “President Trump’s resolve and Israel’s support remain unchanged.”

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The prime minister also highlighted the strike’s strategic goals, saying, “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.”

He also warned Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad that he was risking his own regime by using chemical weapons.

“It should be clear to President Assad,” he said, “that his reckless efforts to acquire and use weapons of mass destruction, his wanton disregard for international law, and his provision of a forward base for Iran and its proxies endanger Syria.”

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