Syrian air defences respond to missile attack on two airbases

The Russian Defense MInistry

The Russian Defense MInistry

British warplanes took off from a United Kingdom air base in the east Mediterranean island nation, a former British colony, to take part in Saturday's missile strikes against suspected chemical weapons facilities in Syria.

Participants at the protest, who included families with small children, also criticized the use of Cyprus as a launch-pad for attacks against the Syrian people.

Defense Secretary Mattis said at the time that no follow-up attacks were planned and that the Pentagon was careful to ensure the safety of Russian troops and Syrian civilians in the area.

Asked about the missile attack, an Israeli military spokesman said, "We don't comment on such reports". Meanwhile, the Syrian state TV aired still image of what it said was the air defences intercepting the missiles.

The report comes a few days after the U.S., Britain, and France conducted airstrikes targeting alleged chemical weapons facilities in Syria.

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.

Syrian air defences responded to a missile strike, believed to be carried out by Israel, that targeted two airbases in Syria after midnight on Tuesday, according to the War Media, the media wing of the Syrian army. Iran is a longstanding ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

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