No US military activity in Syria's Homs at this time - Pentagon

No US military activity in Syria's Homs at this time - Pentagon

Shayrat air base was targeted by United States forces in 2017 after a suspected chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun that Washington blamed on the Syrian government.

The Syrian air defenses intercepted the missiles, said the report, adding that the source of the missile strike is not yet known.

"We do not have additional details to provide", Pahon said.

The military announced at around 1.10am local time (11.10pm GMT) that it had fired missiles towards the Shay'rat Airbase, to the south-east of Homs, and its surrounding area in the Homs Governorate.

According to local reports, several missiles were launched after "unknown warplanes" entered Syrian airspace from Lebanon.

Pro-Syrian regime outlets and social media accounts reported that air defences had foiled a missile attack on Shayrat airbase near Homs, the same location that was targeted in USA missile strikes past year.

Reuters cited Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon as saying that "there is no US military activity in that area at this time". The attack, involving 59 Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles, came as a response to the alleged use of chemical weapons in the Idlib Governorate on April 4. Social media reports are pointing the finger at Israel for the strikes.

He said: "Video shows Missile launched against unknown Target in Far East Damascus countryside".

The Pentagon has denied responsibility for Monday's attack.