No US military activity in Syria's Homs at this time - Pentagon

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Syrian anti-aircraft defences shot down missiles that hit the Syrian air base of Shayrat in Homs province late Monday night, Syrian state television said.

It also reported that the missiles were shot down by the country's air defences.

The United States a year ago targeted the Shayrat airbase with cruise missiles in response to a sarin gas attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhun.

Up to 10 missiles were destroyed by the Syrian Armed Forces, a military source told Sputnik.

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The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based war monitor, reported that big explosions were heard near Shayrat airbase and two other airbases near Damascus.

"We don't comment on such reports", Reuters quoted a spokesman for the Israeli military as saying.

"There is no US military activity in that area at this time", the US Defense Department said, according to Reuters. According to various Arabic media channels, three missiles targeted Al Dumayr airport, but they were all allegedly downed by the Syrian air defenses. The attack, involving 59 Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles, came as a response to the alleged use of chemical weapons in the Idlib Governorate on April 4.

Israeli interventions: Tel Aviv has carried out multiple airstrikes on Syrian government targets during the conflict. Social media reports are pointing the finger at Israel for the strikes. Iran is a longstanding ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

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