Syrian State TV Says Air Defenses Shoot Down Missiles

Syrian State TV Says Air Defenses Shoot Down Missiles

The source of the missiles is still unknown.

Syrian air defence shot down missiles over the central province of Homs late Monday night, the state news agency said on Tuesday (April 17), with the strikes reportedly targeting regime air bases.

Unconfirmed reports said that Syrian air defenses had also intercepted three missiles aimed at Dumair military airport north east of Damascus.

USA officials recently said that Washington was not planning for another military strike on Syria after the Saturday attack.

Syria denied it was responsible for the attack, which killed at least 80 people.

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

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The Russian leader warned against "ill-considered and unsafe actions ... that would have consequences beyond conjecture". Meanwhile, leaders from the U.S., France and Britain have said the Syrian government was responsible.

There has been speculation that Israel launched the strikes.

The air strikes came in response to a suspected gas attack in Douma, outside Damascus, earlier this month in which the World Health Organization has said 43 people who died suffered "symptoms consistent with exposure to highly toxic chemicals".

The Syrian military believes Israeli warplanes were responsible.

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Syria and its allies most recently accused Israel of launching a strike against Syria's T4 airbase in Homs, killing four Iranian military personnel.

Israel's main concern in Syria is the growing influence of Iran, which it says supplies weapons to Hezbollah from inside the country.

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

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