Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Syrian air defence shoots down missiles over Homs

Syrian air defence shoots down missiles over Homs

"None of the combined aircraft or missiles involved in this mission were successfully engaged by Syrian air defenses and there is no indication Russian air defense systems were deployed", EUCOM said in a press release.

According to local reports, several missiles were launched after "unknown warplanes" entered Syrian airspace from Lebanon.

The Pentagon has denied initiating strikes or conducting any other military activity in Homs province.

A Hezbollah milita media unit shortly afterward stated that Syrian air defenses intercepted three missiles that targeted the Dumayr airport in northeast Damascus.

"There is no USA military activity in that area at this time", Eric Pahond, a Pentagon spokesman said when asked about the strike in Homs.

Most of the missiles were downed, a Syrian military official said. Approximately nine missiles reportedly targeted the base; their source isn't yet clear.

On April 14, 2018, the United States, the United Kingdom and France launched cruise missiles at Syria's military and civilian infrastructure.

Asked about the incident, an Israeli military spokesman said: "We don't comment on such reports". The US Department of Defense spokesman, meanwhile, told Sky News Arabia that there are "a lot of players" in the region who could have carried out the Tuesday morning attack in Syria. Reports of that attack had been swirling on social media before the announcement.

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