Syrian air defence shoots down missiles over Homs: state media

Syrian air defence shoots down missiles over Homs: state media

Syria's air defenses shot down missiles targeting Shayrat air base in Homs province early Tuesday, state media reported, as a Hezbollah media arm said missiles targeting Dumayr base near Damascus were also intercepted.

The apparent attack came days after the US, France and Britain conducted a coordinated missile attack against Syrian government targets.

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.

Adrian Rankine-Galloway, a Pentagon spokesman, said in an email to Foxnews.

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Shayrat air base was targeted by US Tomahawk missiles in April past year 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. Syria and its main allies Iran and Russian Federation blamed Israel for that attack.

Protection Secretary Mattis stated during the time that the Pentagon was careful to ensure the protection of Allied troops and also Syrian civilians inside the area and also that no follow-up attacks were planned.

Experts from the global chemical weapons watchdog are in Syria and are now expected to visit that site in the town of Douma Wednesday.

Israel has struck Syrian army locations many times in the course of the conflict, hitting convoys and bases of Iranian-backed militias that fight alongside Syrian President Bashar al- Assad's forces.

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