Netanyahu praises USA strikes in Syria, warns about Iran

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"Tonight, led by the Americans, the US, France and Britain acted appropriately", said a statement attributed to an unnamed official in Jerusalem.

Russian Federation and Iran on Saturday denounced overnight airstrikes from the U.S., France and Britain against targets associated with their ally Syrian leader Bashar Assad over an apparent chemical weapons attack.

In a statement, the Iranian Foreign Ministry said the US and its allies "will assume the responsibility for the regional and trans-regional consequences of this adventurism". Trump said Washington is prepared to "sustain" pressure on Assad until he ends what the president called a criminal pattern of killing his own people with internationally banned chemical weapons. At a Pentagon briefing, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford said the targets included a Syrian research facility and a chemical weapons storage facility.

He added that the US military is not aware of any civilian deaths.

"Russia severely condemns the attack on Syria where Russian military are helping the lawful government in the fight with terrorism", the Kremlin said in a statement, its first reaction to the strikes. "They are crimes of a monster instead", he said.

"I firmly declare that the Presidents of US and France and British PM committed a major crime", he said. "They will gain no benefit", Khamenei's official website quoted him as saying. The spokesperson for Sweden's mission to the United Nations confirmed Saturday morning that an emergency meeting of the Security Council would be held at 11 a.m.

Netanyahu said Syrian president Bashar al-Assad must understand that "his provision of a forward base for Iran and its proxies endangers Syria".

It also repeats the claims made by Russian officials that a majority of the missiles launched by the USA had been intercepted.

"President Trump must also hold Putin accountable for his enabling of the Assad regime's atrocities against the Syrian people", Pelosi said.

"In 2013, President Putin and his government promised the world that they would guarantee the elimination of Syria's chemical weapons".

Perhaps Israel took advantage of the chaos created by the chemical gas attack in Douma to strike the air base used by the Revolutionary Guards near Damascus. Trump asked in his address before ordering the airstrike on Syriam chemical weapons sites.

The Syrian opposition told the DFA news agency that the attacks led by the United States were a message to the Russian administration and to the Iranians, "who proved that the Western powers could act as equals to the UN Security Council".



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