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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a ceremony marking the annual Israeli Holocaust Remembrance Day at the Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem, April 12, 2018.

Two Israeli ministers said Sunday that their country will continue to act against the Iranian military presence in Syria.

In a statement on Saturday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the U.S., France and Britain demonstrated their commitment to the fight against chemical weapons.

Netanyahu said he told May over the phone on Saturday night that the airstrike sent "an important worldwide message of zero tolerance for the use of non-conventional weapons".

Reports claim Israel was notified about the strikes ahead of time, but Netanyahu says he does not believe his country helped the U.S., France and the United Kingdom choose what areas to target.

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

Asked whether Israel helped choose targets, the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said: "Not to my knowledge". A US embassy spokesperson confirmed the Israeli official's comment to Reuters.

Israel's military asserts an unmanned Iranian aircraft shot down in February following infiltrating its air-space was armed with explosives and onto a mission to assault Israel.

Punitive US-led strikes in Syria on Saturday are justified and are an "important signal" to Iran, Syria and Lebanon's "Hezbollah", Israeli officials said.

Netanyahu said Israel would not allow Iran to establish itself in Syria, according to his office. Iran is the key backer alongside Russian Federation of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, providing military advisors and "volunteer" ground forces.

The air strikes at multiple targets began around 9:00 pm Eastern Time (0100 GMT) and saw US, French and British assets firing missiles at the Bashar Assad regime's chemical production facilities.

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