Syria intercepted many of 100+ missiles launched at its civilian, military objects – Russia

Missiles started flying immediately after the President’s comments.
Syrian State Television reported 13 Tomahawk missiles were shot down over Damascus.



Another footage of Syrian air-defense missile fired towards tomahawk rockets in the sky of Damascus.



What an amazing photo from Damascus.




Translated: Syrian TV: Air defense Forces dropped 13 rockets in the livery near



التلفزيون السوري: قوات الدفاع الجوي أسقطت ١٣ صاروخاً في الكسوة قرب
The majority of rockets fired in Syria by the UK, US, and France were intercepted by Syrian air defense systems, the Russian Defense Ministry said. Russian air defense units were not involved in repelling the attack.
The warplanes and vessels of the US and its allies launched over 100 cruise missiles and air-surface missiles on Syrian civil and military facilities, the ministry stated.
The strikes were conducted by two US ships stationed in the Red Sea, with tactical air support from the Mediterranean and Rockwell B-1 Lancer bombers from Al-Tanf coalition airbase in Syria’s Homs province, according to the statement.
Russia did not deploy its air defense systems located in Syria to intercept the American, British, and French missiles.
Earlier, the ministry issued a statement saying that none of the missiles launched by the US and its allies reached the Russian air defense zones that shield facilities in the port city of Tartus and Khmeimim Air Base.
Russia has slammed the strikes, saying that Syria came under attack at a time when it was returning to peaceful life. “A strike was carried out on the capital of a sovereign state, which for many years has been trying to survive under the threat of terrorism,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova stated.
The Russian Defense Ministry has commented on a joint US, British and French missile strike on Syria, which took place on the day, when the OPCW experts are set to start a probe into allegations of a chemical attack in Douma, a claim denounced by Damascus as a provocation.
The Russian Defense Ministry stated that most missiles launched by the Western states on Syria had been downed by the Arab Republic's air defenses, when approaching targets.
"The Syrian air defense system has been conducting an anti-air fight," the ministry added.
According to the Russian Defense Ministry, Syria repelled the Western attack by air defense complexes made in the USSR over 30 years ago.
"Syrian means of air defense: S-125, S-200 air defense systems, Buk and Kvadrat were used in the repelling the missile strike."
Russia's air defenses haven't been used to repell the missile strike on the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic, the military said.
"None of cruise missiles launched by the US and its allies did not enter the zone of responsibility of the Russian air defenses, covering objects in Tartus [naval facility] and Hmeymim [airbase located in the Latakia province]," the Russian Defense Ministry explained.
According to the Russian military, the massive missile strike on objects of military and civilian infrastructure was conducted by US warships jointly with the UK and French air forces at 3:42-5:10 Moscow time.
A total of 100 cruise and air-to-surface missiles were launched at targets in Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry stated, noting that two US warships carried out the attack from the Red Sea, as well as tactical aviation over the Mediterranean Sea and B-1B bombers from al-Tanf area.
The Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, has slammed the Western states' move, saying that the strike "has been launched at the capital of a sovereign state that has been fighting for survival for years amid terrorist aggression."
Earlier in the day, the United States, the United Kingdom and France launched missile strikes on a number of targets in Syria in response to an alleged chemical attack in the Damascus' suburb of Douma, Eastern Ghouta, which has been blamed on Damascus despite the launch of a probe into the incident. On Friday, the Russian Defense Ministry stated that it had proof that the "chemical attack" in Douma had been a provocation and had been staged by Western-backed NGOs, including the White Helmets.
While Pentagon chief James Mattis said that US airstrikes on Syria were a "onetime shot," Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford told reporters that Washington had no more attacks planned at the moment.
According to Dunford, the United States utilized normal deconfliction channel with Russia and did not coordinate targets before the airstrikes on Syria. At the same time, he said he was not aware "of any Russian activity," when asked whether any Russian defenses engaged US, French or British ships or missiles missiles.
When commenting on the possibility of a US missile strike on Syria after allegations accusing Damascus of a chemical attack in Douma, which has yet to be probed by international experts, the Russian Defense Ministry has warned that Moscow would respond if its troops in Syria were threatened.
Russia's military bases in Syria's Latakia — the Hmeymim airbase and the Tartus naval facility — have been secured by S-400, S-300 air defense systems, as well as Pantsir-S1 surface-to-air missile system. According to the Russsian Defense Ministry, the S-400 and Pantsir systems provide air cover to the Russian aviation grouping at Hmeymim, while the S-300s protect Russia's naval facility.