Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Syria says shoots down missiles in Homs

Syria says shoots down missiles in Homs

Most of the missiles were downed, a Syrian military official said.

Syria state television has confirmed its air defences are repelling attacks in the country's Homs region.

"None of the combined aircraft or missiles involved in this mission were successfully engaged by Syrian air defenses and there is no indication Russian air defense systems were deployed", EUCOM said in a press release.

It wasn't clear who carried the attack, but Al-Mayadeen television station reported that blasts were heard in Bekaa, Lebanon, in the border area with Syria.

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

Near Damascus, the pro-regime media reported that three missiles had been launched at the Damir airbase close to the capital.

Initial reports claim the raid is aimed at the T4 base, but others say it is aimed at Shyrat AB which was hit a year ago in the US Tomahawk attack.

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

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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 United States missile strikes past year.

The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) declared that at least nine Israeli missiles were shot down. The attack, involving 59 Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles, came as a response to the alleged use of chemical weapons in the Idlib Governorate on April 4.

A satellite image shows the Him Shinshar Storage site west of the city of Homs, Syria, April 14, 2018.

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