Benjamin Netanyahu: Israel fully supports US-led airstrikes on Syria

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared Israel's "full support" for Friday's US-led air strikes in Syria. A US embassy spokesperson confirmed the Israeli official's comment to Reuters.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed on Saturday evening support for the recent attack on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapons program.

In a written statement, Netanyahu said the decision taken by the US and backed by the United Kingdom and France shows that the commitment of these countries to combat chemical weapons is not limited to the declaration.

Netanyahu warned that the Syrian government is endangering itself by giving Iran and its proxies a "forward base".

Channel 10 reported that the order was the result of a comment by Housing Minister Yoav Galant, a member of Netanyahu's security cabinet, who said that the strikes sent "an important signal to the axis of evil - Iran, Syria and Hezbollah".

"Last year, (U.S.) President (Donald) Trump made it clear that using chemical weapons crossed a red line".

The airstrikes were launched under the pretext to punish Syrian government for the alleged use of chemical weapons in an attack on the rebel-held town of Douma near Damascus.

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A team of chemical experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, based in The Hague, arrived in Damascus hours after the strikes. Russia's defense ministry said there were "no victims".

Iran's president, Hassan Rouhani (hah-SAHN' roh-HAH'-nee), tells Syria's Bashar Assad (bah-SHAR' AH'-sahd) that America's goal is to justify its continued presence in the region.

No additional strikes are now planned, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters. The coalition strikes reportedly caused heavy damage to Syria's chemical weapons infrastructure. Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also confirmed that there were no further strikes in the pipeline.

Trump used the haunting political phrase "Mission Accomplished!" in a tweet Saturday morning to praise the "perfectly executed strike" against Syria.

"A combined operation with the armed forces of France and the United Kingdom is now under way".

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei described the leaders of the military assault as "criminals".

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