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Syria air defences 'shoot down' missiles over two military airbases

19 April 2018, 01:58 | Gerardo Harmon

Satellite imagery of Shayrat airbase following last year's US air strike

Satellite imagery of Shayrat airbase following last year's US air strike

The news agency did not give further details and it was unclear who was behind the attack, which Syrian state television branded as an "aggression".

A Hezbollah milita media unit shortly afterward stated that Syrian air defenses intercepted three missiles that targeted the Dumayr airport in northeast Damascus.

As per the reports, nine missiles had targeted the Shayrat though their source is not clear yet.

The raid in Homs countryside reportedly coincided with another missile attack against a military airbase near Damascus.

Last year, in response to a chemical attack in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun, which killed at least 70 people, including children, a USA cruise missile attack targeted the Shayrat air base.


Syria has strongly rejected the allegations as fabrication.

Opposition sources say Dumair airport is a major air base used in a large-scale military campaign waged by the Syrian army with Russian firepower that regained eastern Ghouta, a militant enclave on the outskirts of Damascus.

No country has yet claimed the attack after midnight but United States officials recently said that Washington wasn't planning another strike after the missile strike on Saturday.

A senior Syrian Army officer told Reuters that the Al Shayrat airbase was not the target of a fresh airstrike. That was the same airbase the U.S. struck in 2017 in response to a chemical weapons attack at Khan Sheikhoun. The Syrian air defenses managed to intercept some of the projectiles, according to a SANA reporter.

The Pentagon said that the USA was not involved in any strikes Tuesday morning. Syria and its allies most recently accused Israel of launching a strike against Syria's T4 airbase in Homs, killing four Iranian military personnel.



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