Syrian air defenses respond to missile strike in Homs

Austria's Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

Syrian air defenses responded to a missile attack over Homs which targeted Shayrat air base late Monday night, Syrian state television reported, APA reports quoting Reuters.

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, 71 out of 103 cruise missiles were shot down by Syria's air defense units.

The news agency did not give further details and it was unclear who was behind the attack, which Syrian state television branded as an "aggression". According to various Arabic media channels, three missiles targeted Al Dumayr airport, but they were all allegedly downed by the Syrian air defenses.

Shayrat air base was targeted by US Tomahawk missiles in April a year ago in a strike ordered by President Donald Trump in retaliation for a suspected chemical attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhun in Idlib.

The outlet's reporter also published several videos allegedly showing the launch of interceptor missiles.

The US Department of Defense said there was "no USA military activity in that area at this time".

Near Damascus, the pro-regime media reported that three missiles had been launched at the Damir airbase close to the capital.

Asked about the missile attack, an Israeli military spokesman told Reuters, "We don't comment on such reports".

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.

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