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Syria state television has confirmed its air defences are repelling attacks in the country’s Homs region.

The military announced at roughly 1.10am local time (11.10pm GMT) that it had fired missiles towards the Shay’rat Airbase, to the south-east of Homs, and its surrounding area in the Homs Governorate.

Local reporter Ibrahim Joudeh took to Twitter and posted a video of the missiles being shot at in the sky.

He said: “Video shows Missile launched against unknown Target in Far East Damascus countryside.”

Mr Joudeh added shortly after that “another air defence missile was just launched”.

According to local reports, several missiles were launched after “unknown warplanes” entered Syrian airspace from Lebanon.

A military source added that the Syrian military believes Israeli warplanes were responsible.

It is currently unclear what the airstrike was targeting.

Initial reports claim the raid is aimed at the T4 base, but others say it is aimed at Shyrat AB which was hit last year in the US Tomahawk attack.

A number of reporters have said there are “Israeli warplanes” flying at high-altitude carrying out the attack after crossing the borders through Lebanon.

A statement from the Syrian regime added that several missiles were intercepted, but these reports are unconfirmed.

However, it was not clarified whether Israel had successfully hit any targets.

There are currently no reports of targets hit in Damascus.

The attack comes after reports of covert airstrikes carried out by Israeli forces at Iranian bases in the Jabal Azzan region south of Aleppo.

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