Military airbase in Syria under foreign attack

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A military airbase in Syria has been targeted in a missile strike, state-run media reports after jets or missiles were seen overflying Lebanon. It was not immediately clear which country is behind the attack.

The assault began at about 3:30 a.m. local time on Monday when residents in parts of Lebanon reported hearing loud booms and the sound of jets. One video showed a bright light moving across the night sky.

A short time later, Syria’s state-run news agency reported that the Tiyas Military Airbase (T4) in Homs province had been targeted in a missile strike, killing an unknown number of people. It said Syrian air defenses were responding to the attack.

Tiyas Military Airbase is one of Syria’s largest airbases and is located about 85 kilometers (53 miles) southeast of Homs, or 165 kilometers (102 miles) northeast of Damascus. It has also been used by Iranian forces.

Monday’s attack comes just over a day after a chemical attack in Eastern Ghouta near the Syrian capital of Damascus, killing dozens of people. It prompted speculation about the possibility of airstrikes by the United States or France.

Syrian state-run media said Monday’s missile strike could be part of a U.S. military attack, but an official at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. denied any U.S. involvement. There was no immediate comment from France or Israel.

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