Air defense confront missiles in Homs

By Oscar Bravo Fong

By Oscar Bravo Fong

Syrian air defence shot down missiles over the central province of Homs, the state news agency said on Tuesday with the strikes reportedly targeting regime air bases.

The U.S., Britain and France targeted military and research sites in Syria after the purported toxic attack on Eastern Ghouta's last moderate opposition holdout of Douma a week earlier.

However, unconfirmed military reports cited by Al-Masdar News finding that the missiles entered Syrian airspace from Lebanon, possibly leading to the Israeli Air Force as the author of the attacks.

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


Shayrat air base was targeted by US Tomahawk missiles in April a year ago in a strike ordered by President Donald Trump in retaliation for a suspected chemical attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhun in Idlib.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based war monitor, reported that big explosions were heard near Shayrat airbase and two other airbases near Damascus.

Separately, a media outlet run by Hezbollah, a pro-Iranian militia, said Syrian government air defenses had shot down three missiles targeting Dumair military airport north east of the capital Damascus.

Even the US, along side the United Kingdom along with France, ran air-strikes on Saturday in Syria to punish the Assad regimen for an apparent chemical weapons attack from civilians. Syria and its main allies Iran and Russian Federation blamed Israel for that attack.

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