Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Syrian State TV Says Air Defenses Shoot Down Missiles

Syrian State TV Says Air Defenses Shoot Down Missiles

Syrian air defenses intercepted all missiles fired at an airbase in the central province of Homs after midnight Tuesday, local media reported.

Also, the Israeli warplanes fired missiles on the T-4 airbase in the eastern countryside of Homs on April 9, killing 14 soldiers, including Iranian fighters, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

State-run television showed images of an intercepted missile and called the attack an "aggression". "We do not have additional details to provide".

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

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.

Site of previous United States attack: The Shayrat airbase was the target of an April 2017 USA missile attack in response to an earlier chemical weapons attack by the Syrian government.

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The United States previous year targeted the Shayrat airbase with cruise missiles in response to a sarin gas attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhun.

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 main allies Iran and Russian Federation blamed Israel for that attack.

"We don't comment on such reports", Reuters quoted a spokesman for the Israeli military as saying.

Earlier this month, four Iranian military personnel were killed in an airstrike on the Syrian T4 air base in Homs.

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