US Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) conducts strike operations while in the Mediterranean Sea which US Defense Department said was a part of cruise missile strike against Syria on April 7, 2017. (photo credit:REUTERS)

JPost By: Anna Ahronheim

Assad carried out Khan Sheikhoun gas attack out of frustration, the official stated.

The United States warned Israel two hours before two US warships in the eastern Mediterranean Sea fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles against the Syrian regime’s Al Shayrat Airbase, a senior IDF official said on Wednesday.

Following the strikes, the IDF’s Spokesperson’s Unit put out a statement saying that Israel’s military had been briefed in advance and expressed their support for the strikes and speaking to military journalists at the IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv, the senior official confirmed that the IDF had been warned ahead of time of the US strike against the base where warplanes that carried out the deadly Khan Sheikhoun chemical gas attack were based. 

While the Syrian military continues to deny responsibility for the attack against Khan Sheikhoun, blaming the rebels and stating that it would never use chemical weapons, “it is hard to imagine that Assad did not know about the attack in advance. And the price he’s paid for it is severe. He’s lost all legitimacy,” the senior official said.

The Assad regime agreed to dismantle the country’s chemical weapons stockpiles in a 2013 deal brokered by the United States and Russia following the deadly regime attack on East Ghouta near the capital of Damascus where over 1,400 people were killed, including 426 children.

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