Syrian state-run television claims that Assad’s air defences have confronted fresh air strikes, shooting down ‘nine Israeli missiles’ over the area of Homs in the country’s center.
BREAKING UPDATE: Syria now says the “attacks” were false alarm. The malfunction was caused by a “joint electronic attack” by Israel and the US, targeting the Syrian radar system.
State television showed pictures of a missile that was shot in the air above the base only days after a US, British and French attack on Syrian targets in retaliation for a chemical attack on the city of Douma on the outskirts of Damascus.
The Syrian Central Media run by the government said the missiles targeted the Shayrat air base in Homs.
It did not elaborate or say who carried out the airstrikes in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
Syrian 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 defences.
Big explosions were heard near Al Shayrat Air base, southeast of the city of Homs, and in eastern Qalamoun near Damascus where two other air bases are located, the Syrian Observatory for Human rights reported.
Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said missiles did not hit any of the air bases.
Following reports of an Israeli strike, an IDF spokesman said: ‘I’m not aware of such an incident.’
“There are no US or coalition operations in that area”, the Pentagon said in a statement.
UPDATE: The IDF published satellite images of the Iranian air force presence in Syria.
“Iran is planning an operation against Israel from Syria. Iran is gaining control in Syria using their air force”, an IDF senior official said.