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

Syrian Air Defenses Target Missiles Over Homs, Damascus

Syrian Air Defenses Target Missiles Over Homs, Damascus

Syrian air defense systems have been activated in response to a missile attack apparently targeting Shayrat Airbase in Homs province, state media SANA reports.

State television showed pictures of a missile that was shot in the air above the air base only days after a US, British and French attack on Syrian targets in retaliation for a suspected chemical attack on the city of Douma on the outskirts of Damascus.

Up to 10 missiles were destroyed by the Syrian Armed Forces, a military source told Sputnik.

Also a number of local reporters have said there are "Israeli warplanes" flying at high-altitude carrying out the attack after crossing the borders through Lebanon.

It is now unclear what the airstrike was targeting. Approximately nine missiles reportedly targeted the base; their source isn't yet clear. The outlet's reporter also published several videos allegedly showing the launch of interceptor missiles.

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Reports say six missiles have hit Shayrat air base in Homs and three missiles have hit Dumayr airbase, but these are unconfirmed so far.

"There is no U.S. military activity in that area at this time", Eric Pahond, a Pentagon spokesman said when asked about the strike in Homs.

The attack comes after reports of covert airstrikes carried out by Israeli forces at Iranian bases in the Jabal Azzan region south of Aleppo.

The United States, Britain, and France launched more than 100 missiles in Syria on April 14, targeting three alleged chemical weapons facilities in an operation that Syria and its key ally, Russia, denounced as aggression on a sovereign state.

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