Syrian Air Defenses Target Missiles Over Homs, Damascus

The Russian Defense MInistry

Syrian air defence shot down missiles over the central province of Homs late Monday night, the state news agency said on Tuesday (April 17), with the strikes reportedly targeting regime air bases.

State-run news agency SANA reported air defenses had shot down some of the missiles targeting the base.

"We do not have additional details to provide", Pahon said.

The US Department of Defense said there was "no USA military activity in that area at this time".

The decision comes two days after France took part in US-led air strikes on suspected chemical sites in Damascus following an alleged chemical attack in the Ghouta town of Douma. Most of the missiles were downed, a Syrian military official said.

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

Deputy Hezbollah leader Sheikh Naim Qassem told pro-Syrian government television channel al Maydeen he expected a reaction to the death of at least seven Iranian military personnel during a missile strike earlier this month on the T-4 airfield near Homs, which Iran blamed on Israel.

Israel has repeatedly struck military targets linked to Iranian forces in Syria over the past three years.

According to Russian and Syrian military sources, of the 110 Tomahawk missiles launched last Saturday by Western tripartite aggressors against Syrian targets, 71 destroyed by the anti-aircraft defense of this Middle Eastern nation.

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

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