Reports of overnight missile strikes in Syria a hoax

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Damascus, April 17 (IANS) The reported overnight missile strikes on two Syrian airbases turned out to be a false alarm as there was no attack, state TV reported on Tuesday.

After midnight, Syrian state media outlets and the War Media, the media wing of the Syrian army and its allies, reported that Syrian air defences responded to a missile strike believed to be carried out by Israel, Xinhua news agency said.

The reports claimed that six missiles targeted the Shayrat airbase in the province of Homs, but most of them were intercepted.

They also reported that three other missiles targeted the Dumair airbase in the north of Damascus, but were also intercepted before reaching the targets.

The false alarm came as the Syrian military has been on the highest alert against further attacks following the joint airstrikes on Syria launched on April 13 by the US, France and Britain in retaliation to the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government forces.

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Syria has strongly rejected the allegations as fabrication.

–IANS

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