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 US airstrikes on Syria followed villainous chemical attacks that cannot go unanswered, NATO chief says

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad bears full responsibility for the U.S. airstrikes against Shayrat air base in Syria.

As reported by Censor.NET citing Interfax-Ukraine, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Friday.

According to Stoltenberg, NATO consistently condemns Syria's continuous use of chemical weapons as a clear violation of international norms and agreements while the U.S. airstrike followed this week's horrendous chemical attacks in Khan Sheikhoun, which killed dozens of people, including children.

"Any use of chemical weapons is unacceptable, cannot go unanswered, and those responsible must be held accountable," Reuters quoted NATO chief as saying.

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"The Syrian regime bears the full responsibility for this development," said Stoltenberg, who was informed by the U.S. defense minister that strikes would go ahead.

Stoltenberg stressed that NATO considered the use of chemical weapons a threat to international peace and security.

According to him, NATO supports all international efforts made to achieve peace and political solution of Syria conflict.

As reported, U.S. warships launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian government airbase on President Donald Trump's orders on April 7. U.S. officials said the warplanes that carried out the chemical attacks were based there. The missiles were launched from warships in the Eastern Mediterranean.

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According to recent data, 100 people died and 300 were injured in a chemical attack in the Syrian northwestern province of Idlib. UNICEF confirmed a t least 27 children were killed in the attack in Idlib, northwest of Syria.

The British government has meanwhile said it "fully supports" the U.S. in carrying out the air strike, describing the cruise missile strikes launched from U.S. ships in the Mediterranean as a "warning shot" that was "necessary and appropriate".
 
 
 
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