State media: Syrian air defenses report missile attack on Homs
Syrian air defense systems have retaliated in response to a missile attack apparently directed towards a Syrian air base Homs province, Syrian media outlet SANA reports.
Syrian anti-aircraft defenses shot down missiles that hit the Syrian air base of Shayrat in Homs province late Monday night, Syrian state television said.
State television showed pictures of a missile that was shot in the air above the air base only days after a U.S., British and French attack on Syrian targets in retaliation for a suspected chemical attack on the city of Douma on the outskirts of Damascus.
A Pentagon spokesman said there was no U.S. military activity in that area at this time.
Shayrat airbase was targeted last year in a U.S. cruise missile attack in response to a chemical attack that killed at least 70 people, including children on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun.
Israel has struck Syrian army locations many times in the course of the conflict, hitting convoys and bases of Iranian-backed militias that fight alongside Syrian President Bashar al Assad's forces.
Asked about the missile attack, an Israeli military spokesman said, "We don't comment on such reports."
However, unconfirmed military reports cited by Al-Masdar News finding that the missiles entered Syrian airspace from Lebanon, possibly leading to the Israeli Air Force as the author of the attacks.