Syria's air defences respond to missile attack over Homs


Syria's air defences respond to missile attack over Homs

Syrian state television reported early on Tuesday that missile strikes have targeted two new airfields in Syria, one near Homs and the other near the capital Damascus, while the US-led coalition denied carrying out those activities.

The raid in Homs countryside reportedly coincided with another missile attack against a military airbase near Damascus.

Up to 10 missiles were destroyed by the Syrian Armed Forces, a military source told Sputnik.

The United States, Britain, and France launched more than 100 missiles in Syria on April 14, targeting three alleged chemical weapons facilities in an operation that Syria and its key ally, Russia, denounced as aggression on a sovereign state.

It is now unclear what the airstrike was targeting.

According to yet unconfirmed reports, the missiles entered Syrian airspace from Lebanon, which may indicate that the Israeli Air Force could have been involved, Al-Masdar News reports, citing a military source.

A statement from the Syrian regime added that several missiles were intercepted, but these reports are unconfirmed.

While Israel has refrained from confirming its attacks on Syria, an Israeli military official admitted to New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman that his country was behind the T4 strike.

"There is no US military activity in that area at this time", the US Defense Department said, according to Reuters.