Syria says there was another missile attack on Monday, and Israel and the US are saying nothing

Damascus
skies erupt with surface to air missile fire as the U.S. launches
an attack on Syria targeting different parts of the Syrian
capital Damascus, Syria, early Saturday, April 14, 2018. Syria’s
capital has been rocked by loud explosions that lit up the sky
with heavy smoke as U.S. President Donald Trump announced
airstrikes in retaliation for the country’s alleged use of
chemical weapons.
Hassan Ammar/AP
Photo

  • Syrian anti-aircraft defenses shot down missiles fired
    at airbases 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.
  • 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.”

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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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.

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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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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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.

Deputy Hezbollah leader Sheikh Naim Qassem told pro-Syrian
government television channel al Maydeen he expected a reaction
to the death of at least seven Iranian military personnel during
a missile strike earlier this month on the T-4 airfield near
Homs, which Iran blamed on Israel

“The deliberate Israeli slaying of Iranians in the T4 base will
have a response but we don’t know its nature or its details,”
Qassem said in the television interview.

The heavily armed and Tehran-backed Shi’ite movement has been a
vital military ally of President Bashar al-Assad in the
seven-year-old Syrian war.

Hezbollah, which last fought a major war with Israel in 2006, has
however said it would not open a new front against its arch-foe
from Lebanon.

Qassem said the powerful militia did not fight in all the main
battles in Syria but was present in any area that was needed. He
did not elaborate.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said after the U.S.,
British, and French strikes in Syria his country will continue
“to move against Iran in Syria.”

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