Syria: Missiles shot down by air defences, says state media

 smh.com.au  4/17/2018 12:32:00 AM 

Amman, Jordan: Syrian anti-aircraft defences have shot down missiles fired at the Syrian air base of Shayrat, in Homs province, and another base north-east of the capital Damascus, Syria's state television, official news agency and pro-Iranian Hezbollah media say.

Shayrat air base in Syria, following US Tomahawk Land Attack in April 2017.

Shayrat air base in Syria, following US Tomahawk Land Attack in April 2017.

Photo: Digital Globe

State television showed pictures of a missile that was shot in the air above the air base on Monday night, local time, only days after a US, British and French attack on Syrian targets, including the ai rbase, in retaliation for a suspected chemical attack on Douma.

State television did not mention three missiles that were fired at Dumair military airport, north-east of Damascus, that pro-Iranian Hezbollah's media service reported were also intercepted by Syrian air defences.

Smoke rises after Syrian government air strikes on Douma, in eastern Ghouta on April 7.

Smoke rises after Syrian government air strikes on Douma, in eastern Ghouta on April 7.

Photo: White Helmets/AP

Opposition sources say Dumair airport is a major air base used in a large-scale military campaign waged by the Syrian army with Russian firepower that regained eastern Ghouta, a rebel enclave on the outskirts of Damascus.

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