Turkey's Erdogan welcomes USA, allied strike on Syria chemical weapons sites

About 11% of Turkey’s upper-school students study in an İmam Hatip school

About 11% of Turkey’s upper-school students study in an İmam Hatip school

"Does your humanity come to your mind only when chemical weapons are used?"

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

Russia's defense ministry said on Saturday that the majority of missiles fired during the overnight attack on Syria by U.S., British and French forces were intercepted by Syrian government air defense systems, TASS news agency reported.

"Turkey considers the operation carried out early this morning by the United States, United Kingdom and France to be an appropriate response to the chemical attack which caused the deaths of many civilians in Douma on April 7", the foreign ministry said.

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

Erdogan told May that the only way to long-lasting peace in Syria was a "political solution", the source added.

"The use of chemical weapons is a violation of global law and a crime against humanity", İbrahim Kalın, Presidential Spokesperson, said in a statement on April 14.

He said it would be wrong to expect the previous attacks by the Syrian regime to remain unanswered. The perpetrators of that heinous assault must be held accountable for their actions.

Turkey was informed about the military operation in Syria, said previously Mahir Unal, spokesman and deputy chairman of the ruling Justice and Development Party.

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

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