Syrian air defences shoot down missiles over two air bases

Syrian air defences shoot down missiles over two air bases

Syrian air defences shoot down missiles over two air bases

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

There is confusion over reported airstrikes on Syria after Syrian state TV said a "false alarm" set off the country's air defences early on Tuesday morning.

After midnight, Syrian state media outlets and the War Media, the media wing of the Syrian army and its allies, reported that Syrian air defences responded to a missile strike believed to be carried out by Israel, reports Xinhua news agency.

Syrian air defences intercepted missiles over Homs which targeted Shayrat air base late on Monday night, Syrian state television reported.

"The was no external attack on Syria". Approximately nine missiles reportedly targeted the base; their source isn't yet clear.

"There is no US military activity in that area at this time", Eric Pahon, a Pentagon spokesman said. "We don't have anything additional to provide".

Israel has repeatedly struck military targets linked to Iranian forces in Syria over the past three years.

The tripartite attack was in ostensible retaliation for an alleged chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime on the Syrian city of Douma, which is said to have killed scores of civilians.

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

Syria and its ally Russia deny any chemical attack took place, and Russian officials went even further, accusing Britain of staging a "fake" chemical attack.

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