Weekend Reads Syrian air defenses shoot down missiles over two air bases: state TV, Hezbollah

16:17  17 april  2018
16:17  17 april  2018 Source:   Reuters

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AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian anti-aircraft defenses shot down missiles fired at the Syrian air base of Shayrat in Homs province late on Monday and another base northeast of the capital, Damascus, Syria ’s state television and pro-Iranian Hezbollah media said.

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AMMAN, April 17 (Reuters) - Syrian anti-aircraft defenses shot down missiles fired at the Syrian air base of Shayrat in Homs province late on Monday and another base northeast of the capital, Damascus, Syria's state television and pro-Iranian Hezbollah media said.

State television showed pictures of a missile that was shot in the air above the air base only days after a U.S., British and French attack on Syrian targets in retaliation for a suspected chemical attack on the city of Douma on the outskirts of Damascus.

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A photo released on April 14, 2018 on the Twitter page of Hezbollah ’s media shows night footage of flares above Damascus seen through a night-vision device as the US, the UK and France launch strikes on Syria . (Via AFP). A Syrian official said the country’s air defense systems shot down 13 missiles .

Russian air defenses based in Syria were not used, the ministry said. Syria , Russia say over 100 missiles Ali Mayhoub, who read the statement on Syrian TV , said “our air defenses effectively shot down most of them.” 12:18 Israel: Strikes in Syria an 'important signal' to Iran, Syria and Hezbollah .

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.

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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Russian air defenses based in Syria were not used, the ministry said. Syria , Russia say over 100 missiles Ali Mayhoub, who read the statement on Syrian TV , said “our air defenses effectively shot down most of them.” 12:18 Israel: Strikes in Syria an 'important signal' to Iran, Syria and Hezbollah .

The source added that the Syrian Air Defense Force launched a S-200 missile from an air defense base in southern Syria . I bet Hezbollah will surprise Israel with air defenses in the next war. And for the Israelis to shut down Syrian air defense systems they’d have to shut down Russian systems

A Pentagon spokesman said there was no U.S. military activity in that area at this time.

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

Shayrat air base was targeted last year in a U.S. cruise missile attack in response to a chemical attack that killed at least 70 people, including children, on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun.

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It said the missiles had been shot down in the Kiswah area south of Damascus, the capital. The evil and despicable attack left mothers and fathers, infants and children thrashing in pain and gasping for air .’ Trump said of the Syrian dictator’s horrific April 7 attack on innocent civilians.

*** On February 10, the Syrian Air Defense Forces shot down an Israeli F-16 warplane after it had carried out airstrikes on what the Israeli side described as Iranian facilities from which a UAV was allegedly launched to the Israeli-held area. According to the Syrian state -run media

Israel has struck Syrian army locations many times in the course of the conflict, hitting convoys and bases of Iranian-backed militias that fight alongside Syrian President Bashar al- Assad's forces.

Israel has long said Iran was expanding its influence in a belt of territory that stretches from the Iraqi border to the Lebanese border, where Israel says Iran supplies Hezbollah with arms.

Hezbollah and other Iranian-backed militias have a large military presence in Syria and are well entrenched in central and eastern areas near the Iraqi border.

(Reporting by Suleiman Al-Khalidi in Amman; Additional reporting by Nayera Abdullah in Cairo, Yara Bayoumy in Washington and Maayan Lubell in Jerusalem; Editing by Leslie Adler and Peter Cooney)


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