Several missiles hit a military air base in Syria early Monday, according to Syrian state TV, after an alleged chemical-weapons attack on a Damascus suburb killed dozens of civilians over the weekend and spurred calls for international action.
Pro-regime Syrian media said the direction of the strikes indicated Israel might be behind the attack, saying the Syrian military responded by shooting down eight incoming missiles. A number of regime troops were killed in the strikes, state media added.
The Israeli army early Monday declined to comment on the alleged attack, in line with its policy of neither confirming nor denying airstrikes in Syria.
The strikes appeared to have targeted the T-4 military air base in Homs near Palmyra. Israeli military in February accused the Syrian regime of allowing Iran to set up a base there in order to supply the Hezbollah militia with weapons.