Syrian air defence shoots down missiles over Homs: state media

Stringer  AFP | A Syrian army jet is guided out of the hangar at Dumair military airport 50km north-east of Damascus

Stringer AFP | A Syrian army jet is guided out of the hangar at Dumair military airport 50km north-east of Damascus

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

Air defense units of the Syrian army are repelling a missile strike on the Shayrat air base in the Homs governorate, the SANA news agency reported on Tuesday.

It remained unclear who was behind the attack.

Syria state television has confirmed its air defences are repelling attacks in the country's Homs region. Most of the missiles were downed, a Syrian military official said.

According to yet unconfirmed reports, the missiles entered Syrian airspace from Lebanon, which may indicate that the Israeli Air Force could have been involved, Al-Masdar News reports, citing a military source.

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No country has yet claimed the attack after midnight but USA officials recently said that Washington wasn't planning another strike after the missile strike on Saturday. Reports close to the regime indicated that its defences shot down six missiles targeting the base.

"There is no US military activity in that area at this time", the US Defense Department said, according to Reuters.

Asked about the missile attack, an Israeli military spokesman said, "We don't comment on such reports".

Hezbollah and other Iranian-backed militias have a large military presence in Syria and are well entrenched in central and eastern areas near the Iraqi border. Israel did not confirmed or deny mounting the raid.

On 9 April, Israel targeted the Syrian Tiyan facility, also known as T4, killing several Iranian fighters.

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