Syrian air defence shoots down missiles over Homs

Syria: missiles fired at air base near Homs – state TV

The apparent attack came days after the US, France and Britain conducted a coordinated missile attack against Syrian government targets.

It also reported that the missiles were shot down by the country's air defences.

State television had showed pictures of a missile that was shot in the air above the air base.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based war monitor, reported that big explosions were heard near Shayrat airbase and two other airbases near Damascus.

"There is no USA military activity in that area at this time", the Pentagon's spokesperson told Reuters.

A local reporter for The Arab News said Israeli warplanes were spotted in Syrian airspace just before the missiles were reported.

Hezbollah's AlManar TV reported that six missiles targeted Shayrat and three were aimed at Dumair military airport outside Homs on Monday.

Shayrat airbase was targeted a year ago in a U.S. cruise missile attack in response to a chemical attack that killed at least 70 people, including children on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun.

The U.S., along with the United Kingdom and France, conducted airstrikes on Saturday in Syria to punish the Assad regime for an apparent chemical weapons attack against civilians.

Some reports pointed fingers at Israel who carried similar attacks in the past against Iranian interests directly or their proxy presence in Syria, but there was no Israeli confirmation at this time.



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