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Missiles target Syria airbase; U.S. denies responsibility

The Russian Defense MInistry The Russian Defense MInistry
Melinda Barton | 17 April, 2018, 09:27

Syrian government air defenses have shot down missiles targeting Shayrat Airbase in the western province of Homs, state media reported on Tuesday. Approximately nine missiles reportedly targeted the base; their source isn't yet clear.

State-run television showed images of an intercepted missile and called the attack an "aggression".

Reuters cited Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon as saying that "there is no US military activity in that area at this time".

It also reported that the missiles were shot down by the country's air defenses.

Israeli interventions: Tel Aviv has carried out multiple airstrikes on Syrian government targets during the conflict.

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

The decision comes two days after France took part in US-led air strikes on suspected chemical sites in Damascus following an alleged chemical attack in the Ghouta town of Douma.

Before the USA -led attack, Israeli warplanes had fired missiles on the T-4 airbase in the eastern countryside of Homs on April 9, killing 14 soldiers, including Iranian fighters.

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

Shayrat was hit a year ago by U.S. cruise missiles, launched in response to a chemical attack that killed at least 70 people in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun.

Following reports of an Israeli strike, an Israeli military spokesman said: "I'm not aware of such an incident".