Syria's air defenses respond to missile attack over Homs

19 April, 2018, 01:57 | Author: Sam Montgomery
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The state television reported early Tuesday morning that the missile attack targeted the Shayrat air base in the country's central region.

The reports came just a few days after the US, Britain and France conducted airstrikes targeting chemical weapons facilities in Syria, in retaliation for a poisonous gas attack in the town of Douma in Eastern Ghouta that left at least 40 dead.

Syria has strongly rejected the allegations as fabrication.

Big explosions were heard on Monday night near the same air base, southeast of the city of Homs, and in eastern Qalamoun near Damascus where two other air bases are located, the Syrian Observatory for Human rights reported.

"The deliberate Israeli slaying of Iranians in the T4 base will have a response but we don't know its nature or its details", Qassem said in the television interview.

Hezbollah media claims three more missiles were also intercepted at Dumair military airport.

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

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

The Shayrat airbase has been struck by 59 U.S. Tomahawk cruise missiles this past year. The Syrian air defenses managed to intercept some of the projectiles, according to a SANA reporter.

Also friendly governments of this country, such as Russia, Iran, Venezuela, Bolivia, and Cuba, and social movements raised their voices of condemnation against Washington's unilateral military actions, which violate the principles of worldwide law.

While a Pentagon spokesperson told Reuters there was no USA military activity in that area, Israeli military spokesperson said his country does not "comment on such reports".

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