Published: Wed, April 18, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Syrian state media report new missile attack in Homs region

Syrian state media report new missile attack in Homs region

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

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

State television acknowledged the attack on a air base outside Homs had been a fictitious alarm, maybe not aggression.

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The Syrian military believes Israeli warplanes were responsible.

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The false alarm came as Syrian military has been on highest alert against further attacks following the joint airstrikes on Syria launched Saturday morning by the U.S., France and Britain over the allegations of the use of chemical weapons by Syrian government forces.

Asked about the missile attack, an Israeli military spokesman said, "We don't comment on such reports".

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The U.S., together with all the United Kingdom along with France, ran air strikes on Saturday in Syria to penalize the Assad regime to get an apparent chemical weapons attack from civilians. Iran is a longstanding ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Big explosions were heard on Monday night near the same air base, southeast of the city of Homs, and in eastern Qalamoun near Damascus where two other air bases are located, the Syrian Observatory for Human rights reported.

Neither the Pentagon, which led punitive strikes on Syrian regime targets at the weekend, nor Israel, which was blamed for an earlier strike on a Syrian air base earlier this month, claimed responsibility.

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