Missiles target Syria airbase; U.S. denies responsibility


Shayrat airbase 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.

Syrian state television said the incident was an "aggression".

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Syrian air defences have responded to a missile attack over Homs which targeted Shayrat air base late on Monday night, Syrian state television reported.

State-run news agency SANA reported air defenses had shot down some of the missiles targeting the base. Syria and its allies most recently accused Israel of launching a strike against Syria's T4 airbase in Homs, killing four Iranian military personnel.

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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.

Defense Secretary Mattis said at the time that no follow-up attacks were planned and that the Pentagon was careful to ensure the safety of Russian troops and Syrian civilians in the area. Reports close to the regime indicated that its defences shot down six missiles targeting the base. According to various Arabic media channels, three missiles targeted Al Dumayr airport, but they were all allegedly downed by the Syrian air defenses.

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Asked about the missile attack, an Israeli military spokesman told Reuters, "We don't comment on such reports". It also comes roughly a week after two Israeli F-15 fighters targeted another Syria's airbase in Homs province, Tiyas (also known as T-4 Airbase). Israel did not confirmed or deny mounting the raid.