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Netanyahu expresses “full support” for strikes on Syria

ISRAEL (OBSERVATORY) –┬áIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday expressed “full support” for the US, French and British strikes on military positions of the Syrian regime in response to a presumed chemical attack.

“A year ago, I confirmed that Israel fully supports the decision of President Donald Trump to mobilize against the use and proliferation of chemical weapons,” Netanyahu said in a statement, stressing that such support “has not changed.”

“In the morning, the United States, France and the United Kingdom have shown that their commitment is not limited to preliminary statements,” Netanyahu said.

“It must be clear to the Syrian president that his continued efforts to acquire and use weapons of mass destruction, his unacceptable disdain for international law and allowing Iran and its allies to be militarily stationed in Syria endanger Syria,” he said.

The Jewish state has already been informed of the US, French and British strikes, according to official Israeli radio.

On Monday, Israel condemned the alleged chemical attack in Syria, accusing the Syrian regime of committing a “crime against humanity” and possessing new production capabilities in this area.

A suspected chemical weapons attack in the eastern city of Douma, the last stronghold of opposition factions near Damascus, killed more than 40 people, according to the White Helmets, civil defense elements in areas controlled by opposition fighters and the Syrian-American Medical Association. But the accusations could not be independently verified.

The Syrian front is experiencing intense tension between Iran and Israel.

Damascus, Moscow and Tehran on Monday accused Israel of launching an air strike on a military airport in Homs province that killed 14 people, including seven Iranians.

Iran vowed to retaliate after the attack, saying the attack “will not pass without a response.”

Israel has not claimed responsibility for the attack and has doubled its warnings to Iran.