Syrian state television claimed that ground defenses responded to a rocket attack near Homs, successfully downing eight rockets. The Pentagon denied any U.S. involvement but said it will continue to monitor developments in Syria closely. Afterwards, Syrian media outlets accused Israel of carrying out the rocket attack.

Douma after an airstrike (archive)

Douma after an airstrike (archive) Photo Credit: EPA-EFE

Official Syrian state television reported today that a rocket attack was launched against the T-4 military airport in the Homs countryside, with explosions heard on the outskirts of the establishment. Syrian television claimed that Syrian ground defenses were able to take down eight missiles and reported that there were fatalities and civilian casualties as a result of the attack. The attack came after rising international condemnation against the alleged government-backed chemical attack in Douma.

Yesterday, U.S. President Donald Trump vowed to retaliate against the chemical attack in Syria if it is confirmed that the Syrian government was behind it, but the Pentagon was quick to deny any involvement in the missile attack. Instead, Pentagon officials said they will be monitoring developments in Syria closely. After the U.S. denial, Syrian media outlets accused Israel of carrying out the rocket attack. Pentagon officials have also stated that while they have reports of the attack near Homs, they cannot confirm them.

Meanwhile, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has indicated his willingness to engage with rebels near Damascus, and Trump is scheduled to meet with Pentagon officials on Monday to discuss options for the Syrian crisis. Israel has not yet commented on the attack, but the T-4 base was targeted by an Israeli attack in February.