As­sad mil­i­tary claims mis­siles downed by air de­fense sys­tems

The Washington Times Daily - - WORLD -

Syr­ian state-run tele­vi­sion says Syria’s air de­fenses have con­fronted a new “ag­gres­sion,” shoot­ing down mis­siles early Tues­day over the area of Homs in the coun­try’s cen­ter.

The Syr­ian Cen­tral Me­dia run by the gov­ern­ment said the mis­siles tar­geted Shayrat air base in Homs.

The re­port comes a few days af­ter the U.S., Britain and France con­ducted airstrikes tar­get­ing al­leged chem­i­cal weapons fa­cil­i­ties.

Ear­lier this month, four Ira­nian mil­i­tary per­son­nel were killed in an airstrike on the Syr­ian T4 air base in Homs. Syria and its main al­lies Iran and Rus­sia blamed Is­rael for that at­tack. Is­rael did not con­firm or deny mount­ing the raid.

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