Syrian air defenses reportedly respond to new missile attacks

Syria regime media saying 3 missiles hit Damascus suburb airfield

Syrian anti-aircraft defences shot down missiles that hit the Syrian air base of Shayrat in Homs province late Monday night, Syrian state television said.

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. "We don't have anything additional to provide".

Damascus skies erupt with surface to air missile fire as the United States launches an attack on Syria targeting different parts of the Syrian capital Damascus, Syria, April 14, 2018.

A military source added the Syrian military believes Israeli warplanes were responsible. Reports close to the regime indicated that its defences shot down six missiles targeting the base.

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The US Department of Defense said there was "no USA military activity in that area at this time".

According to the reporter, missiles crossed into Syria through Lebanon.

Asked about the missile attack, an Israeli military spokesman said, "We don't comment on such reports". The attack, involving 59 Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles, came as a response to the alleged use of chemical weapons in the Idlib Governorate on April 4.

Israel has previously carried out air strikes during the conflict in Syria, targeting Iran-backed militias fighting alongside the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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