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7 Apr, 2017 17:21

Turkey ‘welcomes’ US attack on Syria but believes it’s ‘not enough’ – Erdogan

Turkey ‘welcomes’ US attack on Syria but believes it’s ‘not enough’ – Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he welcomes the US strike on Syria, but believes it isn't sufficient. He has also called for a no-fly zone to be set up over Syria.

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Erdogan described the strike on a Syrian airfield in Shayrat, Homs province, as “a positive and concrete step” against the alleged “war crimes of the Assad regime,” as cited by Reuters.

“Is it enough? I don't find it enough. It is time to take serious steps for the protection of innocent Syrian people,” Erdogan told a rally in the southern Turkish province of Hatay.

"The international community has the capability to stop the regime and terrorist organizations. I hope the active stance that the United States displayed in Idlib is a beginning with regards to such developments," Erdogan added.

The Turkish leader added that a 4,000-5,000 sq km no-fly zone should be established in Syria.

“Let us declare a safe zone in northern Syria on the Turkish border, which can be 4,000 or 5,000 sq km, let us build homes there and settle our Syrian citizens," he said.

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The US military fired nearly 60 cruise missiles at a Syrian Army airfield, claiming that it was used to carry out a chemical weapons attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in the province of Idlib a few days before.