Syrian Air Defenses Target Missiles Over Homs, Damascus

Erika Holt
April 17, 2018

The Pentagon said there were no reports of US military activity, after reports from Syrian television that Syrian air defences responded to a missile attack over Homs which targeted Shayrat air base late Monday night.

Big explosions were heard near Al Shayrat Air base in Homs province, and in eastern Qalamoun near Damascus where two other air bases are located, the Syrian Observatory for Human rights reported. "We don't have anything additional to provide", Marine Maj.

The US Department of Defense said there was "no USA military activity in that area at this time". Approximately nine missiles reportedly targeted the base; their source isn't yet clear.

The military announced at around 1.10am local time (11.10pm GMT) that it had fired missiles towards the Shay'rat Airbase, to the south-east of Homs, and its surrounding area in the Homs Governorate.

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

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

According to the Pentagon, US intelligence had established that the base was the launchpad for the alleged chemical attack.

Syria denied it was responsible for the attack, which killed at least 80 people.

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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