The United States has fired almost 60 cruise missiles at an airfield of the Syrian army, saying that the airfield was used to conduct a chemical attack at a rebel-held town in the province of Idlib on Tuesday.
Just hours after the attack, Saudi Arabia expressed “full support” for the retaliatory act against the Syrian government, Al Arabiya reported.
The British government also said that United States air strikes on Syria was appropriate in relation to the “barbaric chemical weapons attack.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office hailed the attack in a statement, saying he supported “strong message” sent by US strikes.
Prior to the attack, al-Masdar News reported that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has pledged his support to U.S. President Donald Trump for using military action against the Syrian government.
On Tuesday, dozens of people were killed in a chemical attack in the Syrian town of Khan Shaykhun, in the northwestern province of Idlib. The United States and its allies claim Syrian government is responsible for the attacks, while Iran warned against “rash judgment”, underlining that “propaganda purposes” were behind accusing the Syrian government.
The Syrian government has on numerous occasions insisted that it has never used chemical weapons in the conflict.
Trump’s decision to attack Syria received criticism from within the United States, with Senator Rand Paul saying that the incursion is hardly justified given the past experiences of the US in the Middle East.
“Our prior interventions in this region have done nothing to make us safer and Syria will be no different,” Paul wrote on Twitter.
Hillary Clinton’s former vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine also took a similar stance, calling Trump’s decision “unconstitutional” and “unlawful.”