Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Syrian air defense repels missile strike on military bases near Homs, Damaskus

Syrian air defense repels missile strike on military bases near Homs, Damaskus

In Syria, the government's air defenses have shot down missiles over its two airbases early Tuesday.

Israel has struck Syrian military targets before and was blamed for strikes earlier this month on the T4 air base in Homs.

To repel the attack, Damascus deployed Soviet-made surface-to-air missile systems, including S-125 (NATO reporting name: SA-3 Goa), S-200 (SA-5 Gammon), 2K12 Kub (SA-6 Gainful) and Buk. The United States-led coalition denied involvement. Reports close to the regime indicated that its defences shot down six missiles targeting the base.

Quoting an unnamed military official, state TV said air defences fired a number of missiles due to a "false alarm", but gave no more information. The commander, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the false alarm was caused by an Israeli-US cyber warfare operation, but didn't provide any proof. "We don't have anything additional to provide".

The portal noted that the Israeli air force carried out a second attack on Syria in the last week.

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Opposition sources say Dumair airport is a major airbase used in a large-scale military campaign waged by the Syrian army with Russian firepower that regained eastern Ghouta, a rebel enclave on the outskirts of Damascus.

Israeli military representative claimed: "We do not comment such messages".

Meanwhile, Russia says it will help secure visit of global chemical weapons inspectors to site of an alleged attack in Syria.

On Monday, Syrian and Russian authorities prevented investigators from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons from going to the scene, the head of the group said, blocking worldwide efforts to establish what happened and who was to blame. British Prime Minister Theresa May accused the two countries - whose forces now control the town east of Damascus - of trying to cover up evidence.

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