Syria: missiles fired at air base near Homs

The Russian Defense MInistry

The Russian Defense MInistry

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

Syrian air defenses responded to a missile attack over Homs which targeted Shayrat air base late Monday night, Assad regime television reported.

Site of previous U.S. attack: The Shayrat airbase was the target of an April 2017 USA missile attack in response to an earlier chemical weapons attack by the Syrian government.

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A top Russian chemical weapons protection expert, Igor Kirillov said experts from Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons are set to visit Douma tomorrow.

The US says its military is not active in the area, leading to speculation that Israel is behind the attack. 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.

The decision comes two days after France took part in US-led air strikes on suspected chemical sites in Damascus following an alleged chemical attack in the Ghouta town of Douma.

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There has been speculation that Israel launched the strikes.

The Syrian military believes Israeli warplanes were responsible.

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Separately, a media outlet run by Hezbollah, a pro-Iranian militia, said Syrian government air defenses had shot down three missiles targeting Dumair military airport north east of the capital Damascus.

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Following reports of an Israeli strike, an Israeli military spokesman said: "I'm not aware of such an incident". Israel did not confirm or deny mounting the raid.

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