Ayatollah Khamenei calls US, UK, French leaders criminals

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei denounced US President Donald Trump, France's Emmanuel Macron and Britain's Theresa May after they launched strikes Saturday against the Syrian regime, branding them "criminals".

The messages were sent hours after the U.S. and its European allies attacked targets in Syria.

"I firmly declare that the Presidents of US and France and British PM committed a major crime", he said.

Also, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned Saturday that the USA -led attack on Syria will result in "further destruction" of the region. "We thank them both", Trump added.

They have said a roughly 20-year prison term for Atilla would be appropriate.

Analyst Hossein Sheikholeslam, a former Iranian ambassador to Damascus, told state television the attacks would help unite Syrians behind the government.

Syria and Russian Federation said the latest attack, which killed 14 people, was also carried out by Israel, which declined to comment.

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Netanyahu said that it should be "clear to President Assad that "his reckless efforts to acquire and use weapons of mass destruction, his wanton disregard for global law and his provision of a forward base for Iran and its proxies endanger Syria".

"Without the sanction of the UN Security Council, in breach of the UN charter and the norms and principles of global law, an act of aggression was committed against a sovereign state", the Kremlin said.

He stressed that "Iran will continue its activity in all global circles, particularly in cooperation with Russian Federation and Turkey, to help achieve peace and stability in the region and in Syria". While he called it a "heavy strike", he said, "Right now this is a one-time shot and I believe it has sent a very strong message to dissuade him, to deter him from doing it again".

An Israeli official said Israel was notified of the strikes ahead of time.

The strikes on Syria have been carried out to boost the morale of the terrorist groups following their defeat by the Syrian army, it said.

The Syrian government has strongly denied the allegations.

Calling it a "proportional" attack, McKenzie said Saturday the strikes destroyed "fundamental components" of Syria's chemical weapons infrastructure and "dealt them a severe blow".

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