Syrian Air Defence Forces Destroy Missiles Over Two Air Bases

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Syrian state media today retracted reports of an overnight missile attack on the central province of Homs, saying a "false alarm" had activated its air defences.

Enemy missiles - believed to come from Israeli forces - were fired at the Shayrat airbase in Homs an at another base near Syrian capital, Damascus.

State television showed pictures of a missile that was shot in the air above the air base only days after a U.S., British and French attack on Syrian targets in retaliation for a suspected chemical attack on the city of Douma on the outskirts of Damascus.

"Last night, a false alarm that Syrian air space had been penetrated triggered the blowing of air defense sirens and the firing of several missiles", a military source told the agency.

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Syria's Sana Ajel news claimed anti-aircraft units responded to an attack in Shayrat airbase near Homs.

On Saturday morning the United States, the UK and France conducted strikes on three military compounds in the suburbs of Damascus and Homs in response to an alleged chemical attack in Douma, an eastern suburb of Damascus.

Donald Trump led a coalition of powers into the raid on Syria after it emerged that Assad had yet again used chemical weapons against his own civilians. It didn't say who carried out the overnight airstrikes.

United States missiles had hit the Shayrat airbase in April 2017 after the Syrian army was accused of using chemical weapons in the Idlib province in north-western Syria.

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A Pentagon spokesman said there was no USA military activity in that area at this time.

Last year, Shayrat airbase suffered another USA missile attack after chemical weapons use by the Syrian regime.

Regarding the earlier report, the US Defense Department denied involvement.

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