Merkel, German government say US missile strikes in Syria ‘understandable’

Germany has signaled support for the American military action – without explicitly backing it, calling the strikes “limited and targeted.” But the opposition criticized the Trump administration’s move.

Speaking at an event for refugee helpers in Berlin, Angela Merkel once again condemned the “chemical weapons massacre of innocent people in Syria” and implied that the US missile strikes in response were justified.

“We all know that chemical weapons are condemned internationally and that anyone who uses them commits a war crime,” Merkel said, calling the US response “limited and targeted.”

Merkel also reiterated an earlier statement she issued together with French President Francois Hollande that Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad was “solely responsible for the latest developments.”

“In view of the dimensions of this war crime, the suffering of innocent people and the blockade in the United Nations Security Council, the attack by the US is understandable,” the conservative chancellor said.

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