Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu Voices Support for Military Strikes in Syria

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu Voices Support for Military Strikes in Syria

"Canada supports the decision by the United States, the United Kingdom, and France to take action to degrade the Assad regime's ability to launch chemical weapons attacks against its own people", Trudeau said in a statement Friday. U.S. President Donald Trump said he was prepared to sustain the response until Assad's government stopped its use of chemical weapons.

Netanyahu warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that his "ceaseless efforts to acquire and use weapons of mass destruction. put Syria in danger". Asked how much warning Israel had received, the official told Reuters: "Between 12 and 24 hours, I believe".

A USA embassy spokeswoman confirmed to Reuters that Israel had been notified before the strikes, but she provided no further details.

Israel's military asserts an unmanned Iranian aircraft shot down in February following infiltrating its air-space was armed with explosives and onto a mission to assault Israel.

"We are determined and will continue to act against the Iranian establishment of bases (in Syria)", Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, a member of the security cabinet, said on Israel's Army Radio.

Also Friday, Musa Ecweru, Uganda's minister for relief, disaster preparedness and refugees, acknowledged that his country was "positively considering" a request by Israel to accept 500 African asylum seekers.

The Israeli leader added he had spoken to the British Prime Minister Theresa May following the overnight strikes that targeted three alleged chemical weapons facilities.

"Syria and Russia are fighting a battle not only against terrorism, but also for protecting global law ... based on respect for state sovereignty and the will of their people", Assad said at a meeting with members of Russia's ruling United Russia Party.

Three targets were struck according to the USA, including a research centre in Damascus, a chemical weapons storage facitiy west of Homs, and a key command post also near Homs.

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