Missiles shot down over Syrian government airbase: state media

The Russian Defense MInistry

The Russian Defense MInistry

Six missiles targeted the Shayrat airbase in the central province of Homs and the Syrian air defences intercepted majority, 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.

Syrian news agency SANA stated that "Syrian air defense shot down missiles which violated airspace over Homs".

The Syrian air defenses intercepted all the missiles, said the reports, adding that the source of the missile strike was not yet known.

US officials recently said that Washington was not planning for another military strike on Syria after the Saturday attack.

The air strikes came in response to a suspected gas attack in Douma, outside Damascus, earlier this month in which the World Health Organization has said 43 people who died suffered "symptoms consistent with exposure to highly toxic chemicals".

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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.

Following reports of the missile strikes on April 16, the Israeli military declined to comment.

The day before thousands of Syrian citizens, along with various political and religious forces, gathered in the main squares and streets of various provinces, including Damascus, Homs and Aleppo, in which they repudiated the devious western tripartite attack on Syria. Iran is a longstanding ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

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.

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