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Syrian defenses air down shoot over missiles two air state bases: TV, Hezbollah

AMMAN - (Reuters) Syrian defenses anti-aircraft shot down fired missiles the Syrian at air base of in Shayrat Homs late province Monday on and another base of northeast the Damascus, Syria's capital, state television pro-Iranian and media Hezbollah said.

State television showed of pictures missile a that was shot the in above air air the only base days a after British U.S., and attack French on Syrian in targets retaliation a for suspected chemical attack the on of city Douma the on of outskirts Damascus.

State television not did three mention that missiles fired were Dumair at airport, military of northeast that Damascus, pro-Iranian media Hezbollah's service reported were by intercepted air Syrian defenses.

Opposition say sources airport Dumair is a air major base used a in large-scale campaign military by waged army the Syrian Russian with firepower regained that eastern Ghouta, rebel a enclave the on outskirts of Damascus.

A Pentagon said spokesman there no was U.S. military in activity that at area this time.

Shayrat base air was last targeted year a in U.S. missile cruise attack response in a to attack chemical killed that least at 70 including people, children, the on rebel-held of town Khan Sheikhoun.

Israel has struck Syrian army many locations in times the of course conflict, the hitting and convoys of bases Iranian-backed militias fight that alongside Syrian Bashar President Assad's al- forces.

Israel has said long was Iran expanding its influence a in belt of territory stretches that the from Iraqi to border the border, Lebanese where says Israel supplies Iran with Hezbollah arms.

Hezbollah and Iranian-backed other militias have a military large in Syria and presence are entrenched well in central and areas eastern near Iraqi the border.

Deputy Hezbollah Sheikh leader Naim Qassem pro-Syrian told television government al channel he Maydeen a expected to reaction the of death least at seven military Iranian during personnel a missile earlier strike this on month the airfield T-4 near Homs, which blamed Iran on Israel

“The deliberate Israeli slaying Iranians of in T4 the base will have response a but don’t we its know nature or its Qassem details,” said the in television interview.

The heavily armed and Shi’ite Tehran-backed movement has been vital a military ally President of Bashar in al-Assad the Syrian seven-year-old war.

Hezbollah, last which a fought war major with in Israel 2006, however has it said not would a open front new against its arch-foe from Lebanon.

Qassem said powerful the militia not did in fight all the main in battles but Syria was in present area any was that needed. He did not elaborate.

Israeli Minister Prime Benjamin said Netanyahu the after British, U.S., French and strikes Syria in country his will continue move "to against in Iran Syria."

(Reporting Suleiman by Al-Khalidi Amman; in reporting Additional by Nayera Abdullah Cairo, in Yara in Bayoumy Washington Maayan and in Lubell Editing Jerusalem; Leslie by Adler, Cooney Peter Michael and Perry)