Syrian air defense repels missile strike on military bases near Homs, Damaskus

Syrian air defense repels missile strike on military bases near Homs, Damaskus

Syrian air defense repels missile strike on military bases near Homs, Damaskus

Six missiles targeted the Shayrat airbase in the central province of Homs and the Syrian air defences intercepted a lot of them, Xinhua reported citing the report, adding that three other missiles targeted the Dumair airbase in the Dumair area in the eastern Qalamoun region north of Damascus and were all intercepted before reaching their targets. No country has yet claimed the attack after midnight but United States officials recently said that Washington wasn't planning another strike after the missile strike on Saturday.

The incident underscored fears of a further escalation in the Syrian conflict after a U.S., British and French attack on Syrian targets on Saturday and an air strike on an air base the previous week that Damascus blamed on Israel.

Some pro-regime websites reported that the missiles had targeted two strategic airbases: the Ad-Dumayr military airbase northeast of Damascus and the Shayrat military airbase in Homs.

Pentagon denies any involvement, claiming that there was no US military activity in this region at that time.

The Shayrat airbase was hit by a USA missile strike in April of 2017 over allegations of chemical weapons' use by the Syrian army in Idlib province in the same year.

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Shayrat was hit past year by U.S. cruise missiles, launched in response to a chemical attack that killed at least 70 people in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun.

"To accomplish USA military objectives, partner force generation in Syria will be comprised of local forces that are demographically representative, appropriately vetted, trained, and equipped to ensure a safe and secure environment and capable of countering ISIS", part of the budget proposal read, using another acronym for ISIL.

Israel's main concern in Syria is the growing influence of Iran, which it says supplies weapons to Hezbollah from inside the country.

The heavily armed and Tehran-backed Shiite movement has been a vital military ally of al-Assad in the seven-year-old Syrian war.

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