Syrian air defenses repel strike on Shayrat air base in Homs - SANA

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

The Pentagon on Monday denied any involvement in an attack on a Syrian air base outside Homs, not far from where US, United Kingdom and French missiles struck early Saturday morning.

Six missiles targeted the Shayrat airbase in the central province of Homs and the Syrian air defenses intercepted majority, said 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. The Syrian air defenses managed to intercept some of the projectiles, according to a SANA reporter. Washington, London and Paris said the strikes were a response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria's Douma. The same information was also shared with TASS news agency by Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon.

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Defense Secretary Mattis said at the time that no follow-up attacks were planned and that the Pentagon was careful to ensure the safety of Russian troops and Syrian civilians in the area.

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

Asked about the incident, an Israeli military spokesman said: "We don't comment on such reports".

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It remained unclear who was behind the attack. Israel did not confirmed or deny mounting the raid.

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