Syrian air defenses respond to missile strike in Homs

Syrian air defenses respond to missile strike in Homs

Pro-Syrian regime outlets and social media accounts reported that air defences had foiled a missile attack on Shayrat airbase near Homs, the same location that was targeted in United States missile strikes previous year.

Syria state television has confirmed its air defences are repelling attacks in the country's Homs region.

The United States previous year targeted the Shayrat airbase with cruise missiles in response to a sarin gas attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhun. Approximately nine missiles reportedly targeted the base; their source isn't yet clear.

A military source added the Syrian military believes Israeli warplanes were responsible. Washington, London and Paris said the strikes were a response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria's Douma.

A Pentagon spokesman said there was no USA military activity in that area at this time.


A Hezbollah milita media unit shortly afterward stated that Syrian air defenses intercepted three missiles that targeted the Dumayr airport in northeast Damascus.

Asked about the missile attack, an Israeli military spokesman said, "We don't comment on such reports".

He said: "Video shows Missile launched against unknown Target in Far East Damascus countryside". Reports of that attack had been swirling on social media before the announcement.

Israel has previously carried out air strikes during the conflict in Syria, targeting Iran-backed militias fighting alongside the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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