Syrian base in HOMS attacked Israel

Muriel Hammond
April 19, 2018

The Shayrat air base was the target of a U.S. cruise missile attack in 2017, in response to another chemical attack that killed at least 70 people, including children, in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun.

As per the reports, nine missiles had targeted the Shayrat though their source is not clear yet.

Syria has strongly rejected the allegations as fabrication.

Soon after last night's Syrian state TV report, the Pro-Iranian Hezbollah militia said Syrian air defences had intercepted three missiles aimed at Dumair military airport north east of Damascus.

The commander, who spoke on condition of anonymity, attributed the malfunction to "a joint electronic attack" by Israel and the United States targeting the Syrian radar system.

Syrian military positions in Homs province have been bombed twice in just over a week.

An Israeli military spokesman, asked if his nation had launched the strikes, said: "We don't comment on such reports".

Big explosions were heard overnight near the air base and near Damascus where two other air bases are located, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

The US and France say they have evidence that poison gas was used in the attack killing at least 40 people, and that Syrian President Bashar Assad's military was behind it.

Israel released details on Tuesday about what it described as an Iranian air force deployed in neighboring Syria, including civilian planes.

The Shayrat Air Base was hit by 59 U.S. Tomahawk cruise missiles a year ago. The Syrian air defenses managed to intercept some of the projectiles, according to a SANA reporter. The New York Times quoted an unnamed Israeli military source as saying Israel had carried out an April 9 air strike in Syria.

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