Beirut, Apr 17 (AP) Syria’s state run television says a false alarm and not an outside aggression and incoming airstrikes had set off Syrian air defences early this morning.

The TV quotes an unnamed military official as saying that air defences fired a number of missiles because of a false alarm today, without providing more information.

Hours earlier, the Syrian government-run media said the country’s air defences confronted a new “aggression”, shooting down missiles over the central region of Homs and a suburb of Damascus.

The reports did not say who carried out the pre-dawn strikes, which were reported by Syrian state TV and the government-run Syrian Central Media.

The reports came just a few days after the United States, Britain and France conducted airstrikes targeting alleged chemical weapons facilities in Syria, in retaliation for a suspected poisonous gas attack. (AP) IJT IJT

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.