World leaders pick their side on Syria: Israel and Britain lead praise for strike which ‘will be heard from Iran to North Korea’ but Russia remains firm in support for Assad

Friday, April 7, 2017
By Paul Martin

President Donald Trump, 70, launched airstrikes on a Bashar al-Assad controlled airbase in Syria on Thursday
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today praised the American airstrike following the chemical attack
He said that the strikes sent a ‘strong and clear’ message that chemical weapons will not be tolerated in 2017
Both Britain and Australia praised the US action as an ‘appropriate response’ to what happened in the week
Syria and Russia have denounced it as an ‘act of aggression’ with Putin saying it damages relationship with US

By HANNAH PARRY
DAILYMAIL.COM
7 April 2017

The US airstrikes on a Syrian regime airbase have hardened the dividing lines across the world in regards to the Assad regime.

MailOnline has set out world leaders’ positions on the conflict, which clearly shows the split between pro and anti-Assad countries.

It suggests which side of the battle line countries would position themselves on should the escalating crisis turn into an all out global conflict.

Britain, Israel, Canada, France, Germany and Turkey all spoke out strongly in their condemnation of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, following the strikes on Friday.

Meanwhile, Russia has blasted the US, with the country’s UN envoy accusing President Trump of ‘violating international law’ by firing at an airbase near Homs.

Britain and Israel today specifically praised Trump’s airstrikes, which took place in the wake of a deadly poison gas attack on a rebel-held town in Syria.

This puts them at odds with countries including Russia, Lebanon, Iran, Iraq, Algeria and Venezuela, who have all shown their support for Assad in the past.

France and Germany today said that Assad bears ‘sole responsibility’ for the US strike.

On Friday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the strike saying it sent a ‘strong and clear’ message that the use of chemical weapons will not be tolerated.

He said: ‘Israel fully supports President Trump’s decision and hopes that this message of resolve in the face of the Assad regime’s horrific actions will resonate not only in Damascus, but in Tehran, Pyongyang and elsewhere.’

The attacks in neighboring Syria have worried Israel, which has warned against ‘game-changing’ weapons reaching Hezbollah in Lebanon from Syria.

The Israeli leader and Israel’s ambassador to the U.N., Danny Danon, hope America’s actions will send a ‘significant message’ to the likes of Iran and North Korea, where leaders have repeatedly ignored warnings against the use of such weapons.

The Israel Defense Forces said Friday that Israel, along with many other international allies, were informed by the US ahead of the military strike, which saw at least 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles launched from two American naval destroyers in the eastern Mediterranean strike the Shayrat Airfield north of Damascus.

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