Syrian air defenses intercepted several missiles targeting two airbases in Syria after midnight Tuesday, in the wake of a US-British-French missile strike in the capital Damascus and in the central province of Homs last Saturday.
The latest attacks came in retaliation for the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government in Douma, a suburb outside of Damascus, on April 7.
Most of the six missiles, targeting the Shayrat airbase in Homs, were intercepted by the Syrian air defenses, said the War Media, the media wing of the Syrian army.
Three other missiles, targeting the Dumair airbase in the Dumair area in the eastern Qalamoun region north of Damascus, were all intercepted before reaching their targets, according to the report.
Pan Arab al-Mayadeen TV said the targeting of the Dumair airbase comes a day before a deal to be reached for the evacuation of rebels from that area.
Syrian state television aired images of missiles targeted Shayrat airbase being shot down over the areas of Homs. Yet it did not clarify who launched the strike.
There are speculations that Israel is more likely to be behind the overnight military attack, after the Pentagon denied carrying out operations on the aforementioned airbases, according to Syrian state news agency SANA.
There has been no comment from the Israeli military on the issue so far.
The Israeli warplanes fired missiles on the T-4 airbase in the eastern countryside of Homs on April 9, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
No country has yet claimed the attack after midnight. Yet the US officials earlier said Washington wasn’t planning another strike after the missile attack.
The Shayrat airbase was hit by a US missile strike in April 2017, over similar allegations of the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian army in Idlib province in the same year.
The Russian military said it would help protect international chemical weapons inspectors on their visit to Douma over the alleged chemical attack, according to Yuri Yevtushenko, head of the Russian Center for Peace and Reconciliation in Syria.
Eariler on Monday, the United States accused Russia of preventing international inspectors from entering the attack site. While calling for “an objective investigation,” Moscow disavowed the accusation and blamed the delays on the U.S.-led missile strike on Syria on Saturday.
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— The Daily Mail - People's Daily