Assad regime air defenses respond to missile attack over Homs

Evarado Alatorre
Abril 17, 2018

A local reporter for The Arab News said Israeli warplanes were spotted in Syrian airspace just before the missiles were reported.

State-run television showed images of an intercepted missile and called the attack an "aggression".

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

It is now unclear what the airstrike was targeting.

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.

They added that several explosions were heard near the base.

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The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) declared that at least nine Israeli missiles were shot down.

Reports say six missiles have hit Shayrat air base in Homs and three missiles have hit Dumayr airbase, but these are unconfirmed so far.

Israel has previously carried out air strikes during the conflict in Syria, targeting Iran-backed militias fighting alongside the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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.

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

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