Turkish foreign minister says Assad administration must be removed

The attack on the town of Khan Shaykhun, Idlib, northwestern Syria - which is blamed on the Bashar al-Assad regime - killed some 100 people and injured more than 500 others.

"The truth is revealed one more time; a safe zone in northern Syria should absolutely be formed and Syrians who are fleeing from the war should be secured there ..."

Referring to the USA strikes against Shayrat air base, Erdogan says, "I want to express from Hatay that we evaluate this concrete step against the Assad regime's war crimes using chemical and conventional weapons as positive".

Rouhani said "neutral countries should come and assess to make it clear where the chemical weapons came from".

Activists and state media said a separate airstrike by the USA -led coalition on the northern IS-held village of Hneida killed at least 14 civilians, including children.

"What happened in Idlib on Tuesday proved again that the bloody Assad regime shows complete disregard for the prospect of a political transition and efforts to enforce the cease-fire", said the spokesman and aide to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The Sound and Picture activist group that tracks atrocities by IS said the airstrike hit an Internet cafe.

Cavusoglu said after the transitional government takes over, it will be followed with elections in which Syrians in the country and overseas can vote.

The statements by Assad's opponents and backers came as warplanes struck the northern Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun where the chemical attack killed 87 people earlier this week.

"The U.S informed Turkey before it attacked a Syrian base at Friday dawn". The groups Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently and Sound and Picture said the attack killed a woman and her six children.

The news agency reported that during the Friday phone call, the Saudi monarch congratulated Trump for his "courageous decision".

  • Leroy Wright