Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on Wednesday for action to be taken against Syria, as the UK, the US and numerous allies signalled they are gearing up for a military strike against the Assad regime following a chemical attack in Douma, writes The Daily Express.
The attack in Douma occurred late last Saturday amid a resumed offensive by Syrian government forces after the collapse of a truce with the Army of Islam rebel group.
Mr Netanyahu commented on the attack at the opening of Israel’s annual Holocaust commemorations, saying: “The events of the last days teach that standing up to evil and aggression is a mission that is incumbent upon every generation.
“We saw the Syrian children who were slaughtered with chemical weapons.
“Our hearts were rent by the horrific sights.”
Israel was accused by Syria, Iran and Russia of being behind an air strike on Monday which hit a Syrian air base, killing seven Iranians and at least 14 individuals in total.
Israel strongly denies the accusations.
And amid growing tensions between Israel and Iran, Russian President Vladimir Putinasked Mr Netanyahu in a phone call on Wednesday to avoid steps that could increase instability in Syria.
Mr Netanyahu however said Israel would continue to counter Iran’s attempts to build up its military presence and influence in Syria.