Wednesday, 25 April, 2018

Syria: missiles fired at air base near Homs

A satellite image shows the Him Shinshar Storage site west of the city of Homs Syria A satellite image shows the Him Shinshar Storage site west of the city of Homs Syria
Sammy Stanley | 17 April, 2018, 04:01

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

Syrian news agency SANA stated that "Syrian air defense shot down missiles which violated airspace over Homs".

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

State television did not mention three missiles that were fired at Dumair military airport, northeast of Damascus, that pro-Iranian Hezbollah's media service reported were intercepted by Syrian air defenses.

He said: "Video shows Missile launched against unknown Target in Far East Damascus countryside".

A military source added the Syrian military believes Israeli warplanes were responsible.

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It is now unclear what the airstrike was targeting. Reports close to the regime indicated that its defences shot down six missiles targeting the base.

There are now no reports of targets hit in Damascus.

Pro-Syrian regime outlets and social media accounts reported that air defences had foiled a missile attack on Shayrat airbase near Homs, the same location that was targeted in USA missile strikes previous year.

Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahond said there was "no U.S. military activity in that area at this time", according to The Jerusalem Post. Syria and its main allies Iran and Russian Federation blamed Israel for that attack.

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. Those attacks were retaliation for a suspected chemical weapons attack that they blamed on the Syrian government.

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