Syria says missiles shot down over Homs airbase
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Syria says missiles shot down over Homs airbase

State-run TV says air defense confronts fresh 'aggression' at military base in center of the country; IDF 'unaware of incident'

Illustrative: This image purports to show pillars of smoke as a result of shelling by Syrian government forces near al-Zafaran mosque in Homs, Syria, August 3, 2012 (photo credit: AP/Shaam News Network, SNN)
Illustrative: This image purports to show pillars of smoke as a result of shelling by Syrian government forces near al-Zafaran mosque in Homs, Syria, August 3, 2012 (photo credit: AP/Shaam News Network, SNN)

Syria’s air defenses shot down missiles over the western city of Homs, the state news agency said early Tuesday, with the foiled strikes reportedly targeting regime air bases.

The news agency did not give further details and it was unclear who was behind the attack, which Syrian state television branded as an “aggression.”

Large explosions were heard near Al Shayrat Air base in Homs province, and in eastern Qalamoun near Damascus, where two other air bases are located, the Syrian Observatory for Human rights reported.

Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said missiles did not hit any of the air bases.

Following reports the strike was carried out by Israel, an IDF spokesman said he was “not aware of such an incident.”

In Washington, Pentagon spokeswoman Heather Babb said that “there are no US or coalition operations in that area.”

Shayrat air base was targeted by US Tomahawk missiles in April last 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.

According to the Pentagon, US intelligence had established that the base was the launchpad for the alleged chemical attack.

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