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

Syrian air defence shoots down missiles over Homs: state media

Syrian air defence shoots down missiles over Homs: state media

The fresh attack comes as the US, France, and Britain launched a missile strike on Syrian military positions in the capital Damascus and in Homs last Saturday over the same allegations of chemical weapons' use by the Syrian government forces.

Syrian state television says the country's air defenses shot down missiles targeting its Shayrat airfield late on April 16.

According to Syria's official SANA news agency early on Tuesday, all the missiles were intercepted before they could reach their target.

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"There is no USA military activity in that area at this time", Eric Pahond, a Pentagon spokesman said when asked about the strike in Homs.

Following reports of the missile strikes on April 16, the Israeli military declined to comment.

Also a number of local reporters have said there are "Israeli warplanes" flying at high-altitude carrying out the attack after crossing the borders through Lebanon.

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Shayrat air base was targeted a year ago in a United States cruise missile attack in response to a chemical attack that killed at least 70 people, including children, on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun.

Protection Secretary Mattis stated during the time that the Pentagon was careful to ensure the protection of Allied troops and also Syrian civilians inside the area and also that no follow-up attacks were planned. Iran is a longstanding ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said missiles did not hit any of the air bases.

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