Syria air defences down Israeli missiles over Homs: state media

Cheryl Sanders
April 1, 2020

Syrian air defences opened fire Tuesday night on missiles launched from Israeli warplanes on the central province of Homs, shooting down some of them, state media said.

The outlet said the warplanes sought to attack a Syrian army position without saying where exactly, but the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Shayrat Airbase in Homs was targeted with eight missiles.

Prior to the attack, Lebanon's Sham FM reported that Israeli jets were spotted flying low above the country's Kesrouan province, which lies on the way between the territory of Israel and the Syrian city of Homs.

Israel continues to strike targets in Syria and Iraq, part of a campaign to weaken Iran and attempts to force him to withdraw troops from the region.

On February 23, the Syrian air defences intercepted a number of Israeli missiles over the capital Damascus. Damascus denounces that these attacks are meant to weaken Syrian army´s military capacities, raise the morale of terrorists as well as to prolong the war in Syria.

In recent years, Israel has repeatedly carried out airstrikes in Syria against targets belonging to Iran and its regional proxies.

In 2019 alone, more than 17 Israeli attacks took place against targets in Syria.

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