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Syrian state media report new missile attack in Homs region

Syrian state media report new missile attack in Homs region

Syrian air defence shot down missiles over the central province of Homs, the state news agency said on Tuesday with the strikes reportedly targeting regime air bases.

The apparent attack came days after the US, France and Britain conducted a coordinated missile attack against Syrian government targets.

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

"There is no U.S. military activity in that area at this time", Eric Pahond, a Pentagon spokesman said.

Some reports pointed fingers at Israel who carried similar attacks in the past against Iranian interests directly or their proxy presence in Syria, but there was no Israeli confirmation at this time.




Shayrat air base was targeted past year in a USA 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 television report did not, however, specify who may have fired the missiles.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based war monitor, reported that big explosions were heard near Shayrat airbase and two other airbases near Damascus. Syria and its main allies Iran and Russian Federation blamed Israel for that attack.

Meanwhile, Russia says it will help secure visit of worldwide chemical weapons inspectors to site of an alleged attack in Syria. Iran is a longstanding ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad.


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