Turkey says was informed ahead of air strikes on Syria

The Latest: Turkey urges sides to avoid more Syria turmoil

Operation launched by US, Britain and France against Syrian regime is appropriate reaction: Turkish Foreign Ministry

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and United States counterpart Donald Trump discussed the crisis in Syria during a telephone conversation late on Wednesday, officials said.

"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.

Speaking to reporters after Friday prayers, Erdogan said he had told both U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin that increasing tensions in the region was not right. 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.

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In a statement, the Turkish foreign ministry said the US-led operation "has eased humanity's conscience in the face of" the suspected chemical attack.

Turkey was informed about the attack prior to it.

"Incirlik Base was not used [in the strikes]", Bozdağ added, referring to the US military air base placed in Turkey's southern province of Adana. "The conscience of the global community carries no doubt to that effect", it added.

"For more than seven years, the Syrian regime's cruelties against its people in the hands of ordinary weapons and chemical weapons, and its crimes against humanity, as well as military crimes, have been apparent".

Ankara backs rebel forces seeking Assad's ouster while Moscow remains a major ally of the regime in Damascus.

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