US, allies informed Turkey ahead of Syria strikes, AK Party spox says

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US, allies informed Turkey ahead of Syria strikes, AK Party spox says

U.S., British and French forces hit Syria with air strikes early on Saturday in a coordinated intervention by Western powers against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in response to a suspected poison gas attack that killed dozens of people last week.

Turkey was informed of the forthcoming strikes fired by the US and its allies against Syrian regime targets on early Saturday, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Spokesperson Mahir Ünal said.

"The regime has seen that its mounting attacks in recent days against dissidents... will not be left unanswered". "Do you remember your humanity only in the use of chemical weapons?" he asked during a party rally in Istanbul.

"Whoever the perpetrators they should pay a price".

Turkish President Recep Erdogan has warned against further escalation in Syria in a phone talk with UK PM Theresa May.

The official went on saying that "ending arm wrestling and finding a political solution are obligatory in Syria". The leaders also emphasized that the lasting peace can only be reached through a political settlement, the NTV broadcaster reported.

The US did not use the Incirlik airbase in Turkey to attack the chemical facilities in Syria, Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said.

"Turkey was informed ahead of the attack", he wrote on Twitter.

The ministry stated that Ankara considers the operation carried out early this morning by the United States, United Kingdom and France as an appropriate response to the chemical weapons attack, which caused the death of many civilians in Douma on April 7.

"The conscience of the global community is in no doubt about that".

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