Missiles shot down by Syrian air defences: state media

The Russian Defense MInistry

The Russian Defense MInistry

The report did not indicate who might have fired the missiles over the Homs region, which Syrian state television called an act of "aggression".

Syrian state-run television says missiles targeted Shayrat air base in Homs province and another base northeast of the capital, Damascus.

Shayrat air base in Syria, following US Tomahawk Land Attack in April 2017.

A top Russian chemical weapons protection expert, Igor Kirillov said experts from Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons are set to visit Douma tomorrow. Shayrat airbase was targeted previous year in a USA 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. Meanwhile, the state news agency SANA reported the overnight attack in Homs, spelling no further details but added that the source of the missile strike is not yet known amid speculations that Israel is more likely to be behind the attack after the Pentagon denied carrying out operations on the aforementioned airbases.

The Pentagon said there was no USA military activity in the area at the time.

The reported strike comes days after the US, UK and France bombed Syrian military facilities over a suspected gas attack in Douma. Social media reports are pointing the finger at Israel for the strikes.

Israeli interventions: Tel Aviv has carried out multiple airstrikes on Syrian government targets during the conflict.

While Israel has refrained from confirming its attacks on Syria, an Israeli military official admitted to New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman that his country was behind the T4 strike.