Syrian missile defense weapons have reportedly been filmed at an airbase targeted by coalition air strikes. The devices are part of the defense system that intercepted the majority of rockets fired by US, French, and British jets.
The S-200 anti-missile weapon was filmed at Mezzeh airbase in Damascus which was targeted by the US-led attacks. The base sustained damage during the air raid but the Russian Defense Ministry said that the majority of missiles targeting Syrian civil and military facilities were intercepted.
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The S-200 (SA-5 Gammon) was one of a range of weapons Damascus used to repel around 100 cruise missiles and air-surface missiles which were fired from warplanes and ships.
Russia did not deploy any of its Syria-based air defense systems during the strikes.
The air raids came in response to a reported chemical attack in Douma, which the US-led coalition alleges was carried out by the Syrian government. Damascus denies that the alleged chemical attack took place and condemned the missile strikes as a “violation of international law.”
The Syrian Armed Forces said the attacks will not deter it from continuing to combat the remaining armed militants in the country. “Such attacks will not deter our armed forces and allied forces from persisting to crush what is left of the armed terrorist groups,” it said.
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