Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Missiles shot down over Syrian government airbase: state media

Missiles shot down over Syrian government airbase: state media

Shayrat airbase 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.

Six missiles targeted the Shayrat airbase in the central province of Homs and the Syrian air defences intercepted a lot of them, Xinhua reported citing the report, adding that three other missiles targeted the Dumair airbase in the Dumair area in the eastern Qalamoun region north of Damascus and were all intercepted before reaching their targets.

In Syria, the government's air defenses have shot down missiles over its two airbases early Tuesday. The Syrian state television report did not, however, specify who may have fired the missiles.

It comes just days after the UK, US and France launched airstrikes on three targets following the latest alleged chemical attack by the Syrian regime in Douma.

Reuters cited Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon as saying that "there is no USA military activity in that area at this time".

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 rebel enclave on the outskirts of Damascus.

Before the USA -led attack, Israeli warplanes had fired missiles on the T-4 airbase in the eastern countryside of Homs on April 9, killing 14 soldiers, including Iranian fighters.

"We don't comment on such reports", Reuters quoted a spokesman for the Israeli military as saying. Israel did not confirm or deny mounting the raid.

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