Erdogan welcomes Syria strikes against Assad regime

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"We welcome this operation which has eased humanity's conscience in the face of the attack in Douma, largely suspected to have been carried out by the regime", Turkey's statement said.

The use of mass destruction weapons, including chemical weapons, is a crime against humanity, the statement said.

The strikes came after the Assad regime was accused of carrying out a chemical attack in Syria's Douma, which killed 78 civilians and injured hundreds of others.

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The US, Britain and France hit Syrian military facilities with a wave of joint airstrikes early Saturday in response to an alleged chemical attack blamed on the Syrian military, sparking an outcry from Syria, Russia and Iran.

Turkish Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin on Saturday called on the global community to unite to avoid chemical attacks in future, while emphasizing the importance of seeking a political solution to the Syrian crisis.

Addressing crowds in Istanbul's Fatih district, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan voiced support for the joint operation into Syria.

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In the phone call, Erdoğan said that the regime's bloodshed both through chemical and conventional weapons should be ended, adding that political solution is the only way for lasting peace and calm for the Syrian people.

He said it would be wrong to expect the previous attacks by the Syrian regime to remain unanswered. "We urge the global community to unite and prevent future chemical attacks". "The Incirlik base was not used in the attack".

Turkey is a vocal critic of Assad's regime in Damascus and backed rebels fighting for his ouster.

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