Syria: missiles fired at air base near Homs

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

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

Shayrat air base was targeted by USA forces in 2017 after a suspected chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun that Washington blamed on the Syrian government.

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.

Syrian state television says the country's air defenses shot down missiles targeting its Shayrat airfield late on April 16.

The United States past year targeted the Shayrat airbase with cruise missiles in response to a sarin gas attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhun.

Most of the missiles were downed, a Syrian military official said.

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Hezbollah's AlManar TV reported that six missiles targeted Shayrat and three were aimed at Dumair military airport outside Homs on Monday.

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The attack comes after reports of covert airstrikes carried out by Israeli forces at Iranian bases in the Jabal Azzan region south of Aleppo.

A local reporter for The Arab News said Israeli warplanes were spotted in Syrian airspace just before the missiles were reported.

The Pentagon has declared there is "no United States military activity near Homs at this time".

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