Developing situation unfolding in Syria as multiple sources are reporting Syrian military installations are under heavy air attack after jets of unknown origin flew in from the direction of Lebanon.
The reports come on the heels of President Donald Trump’s not-so-veiled threat against Syria’s Bashar Assad after his forces allegedly launched another chemical attack on Syrian residents.
UPDATE: “#Syria: Syrian State TV has said they have downed 8-10 Israel missiles – unclear how many missiles Israel did launch. They changed the narrative from the #US to #Israel.
4:56 AM Syrian time
The #Russia/n Air Force #RuAF is highly active over the #Syria/n coastline”
— BNO News (@BNONews) April 9, 2018
— Farnaz Fassihi (@farnazfassihi) April 9, 2018
It could be Israel. Note, the Pentagon said it is not the United States attacking Syria "at this time."
— Carmine Sabia (@CarmineSabia) April 9, 2018
Reports are also surfacing of cruise missile strikes potentially from US ships, but reportedly a Pentagon official has denied any attack.
Initial report of at least 5 cruise missiles crossing Lebanon airspace and striking T4 military airbase in Homs Central Syria. Believed to be fired by US ship in the Mediterranean
— Firas Maksad (@FirasMaksad) April 9, 2018
Unconfirmed reports. U.S. ships have launched missile attacks against Syria and that The Russian Air Force is on the way to the sea where the missiles came from. All unconfirmed. We hope is not the situation as this would be the start of a global conflict.
— American (@politiloko) April 9, 2018
BNO News reports:
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. It said Syrian air defenses were responding to the attack.
There was no immediate word on casualties.
The attack comes just over a day after a chemical attack in Eastern Ghouta near the Syrian capital of Damascus, killing dozens of people and prompting 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.