Syria AIRSTRIKE - Military responding to 'ISRAELI ATTACK' in Damascus and Homs

Syria AIRSTRIKE - Military responding to 'ISRAELI ATTACK' in Damascus and Homs

Raw video: Department of Defense releases footage of Tomahawk missiles fired from the USS Higgins toward targets in Syria on April 14th.

Most of the missiles were downed, a Syrian military official said.

The Syrian air defenses intercepted the missiles, said the report, adding that the source of the missile strike is not yet known.

Asked about the incident, an Israeli military spokesman said: "We don't comment on such reports". Reports of that attack had been swirling on social media before the announcement.

It is now unclear what the airstrike was targeting.

Shayrat air base was targeted by United States forces in 2017 after a suspected chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun that Washington blamed on the Syrian government.

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There are now no reports of targets hit in Damascus.

Syrian state-run television reported early Tuesday that Syrian air defenses have confronted a new "aggression" over Homs, but did not say who carried out the airstrikes.

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.

Reuters cited Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon as saying that "there is no USA military activity in that area at this time".

The strike was created to disable the country's use of chemical weapons after it allegedly used chlorine against rebels in Douma, eastern Ghouta on April 7.

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