- Title: Turkey's border with Syria remains quiet after U.S. strikes on Assad airbase
- Date: 7th April 2017
- Summary: CILVEGOZU, TURKEY (APRIL 7, 2017) (REUTERS) PEOPLE WAITING IN FRONT OF CILVEGOZU BORDER GATE ACROSS SYRIA'S BAB AL-HAWA CROSSING VARIOUS OF TRUCKS LINED UP AT BORDER GATE WOMAN WALKING PAST TRUCK DRIVER WALKING TRUCK DRIVERS TALKING EXTERIORS OF CILVEGOZU BORDER GATE REYHANLI, TURKEY (APRIL 7, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF TURKISH- SYRIAN BORDER / SYRIAN VILLAGES SEEN IN THE BACKGROUND
- Embargoed: 21st April 2017 06:16
- Keywords: Turkey border Syria U.S. strike Assad
- Location: CILVEGOZU AND REYHANLI, TURKEY
- City: CILVEGOZU AND REYHANLI, TURKEY
- Country: Syria
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA0016BEG2TJ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Turkey's Cilvegozu border crossing with Syria's Bab al-Hawa was quiet on Friday (April 7) after U.S. President Donald Trump ordered missile strikes against a Syrian airfield from which a deadly chemical weapons attack was launched.
In a sharp escalation of the U.S. military role in Syria, two U.S. warships fired dozens of cruise missiles from the eastern Mediterranean Sea at the airbase controlled by President Bashar al-Assad's forces in response to the poison gas attack in a rebel-held area on Tuesday (April 4), U.S. officials said.
Turkey would welcome U.S. military action in Syria following a chemical attack that killed scores in Idlib province, and would be ready to assist if needed, President Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying on Thursday (April 7).
Ankara has been a steadfast opponent Assad and repeatedly called for his ouster.
But Turkey's military action in the country has so far focused on sweeping Islamic State militants from its southern border and checking the advance of Syrian Kurdish fighters.
Western states as well as Turkey have accused the Syrian government of carrying out the gas attack on Tuesday that killed at least 70 people including at least 20 children.
Russia, which backs the Syrian government, has said the deaths were caused by a gas leak from a depot where rebel groups were storing chemical weapons, after a Syrian air strike.
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