Syrian Air Defenses Target Missiles Over Homs, Damascus – Syrian TV

Syrian Air Defenses Target Missiles Over Homs, Damascus – Syrian TV
REUTERS / SYRIA TVWorld01:15 17.04.2018(updated 02:02 17.04.2018) Get short URL11214

Syria’s air defenses shot down missiles targeting Shayrat air base in Homs province early Tuesday, state media reported.

Iranian news agencies also reported that the missiles were being fired toward the Shayrat airbase. Approximately nine missiles reportedly targeted the base. The source of the missiles isn’t clear.

​Social media reports are suggesting that the strike, which was a failure, was initiated by Israel and that the airbase was not hit at all. Syrian news agency SANA has stated that “Syrian air defense shot down missiles which violated airspace over Homs.” The agency did not indicate the source of the strike.

“There is no US military activity in that area at this time,” Eric Pahond, a Pentagon spokesman said when asked about the strike. “We do not have additional details to provide.”

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

According to the reporter, missiles crossed into Syria through Lebanon.

This incident follows the April 13 strike the US, UK and France carried out in Syria as a response to the alleged chemical attack in Douma, which both Russia and Syria have repeatedly stated never happened. The operation, which was carried out in less than 60 minutes, targeted three main chemical weapons-related sites and one command center.