Damascus activated its anti-missile defense to counter missiles that were launched by the US and its allies against Syrian government targets.
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.
Syrian air defenses were scrambled to confront the combined American-French-British aggression that targeted at least three military sites in Syria on Friday.
Footage of the Syrian response to the Western missiles has been obtained by RT’s Ruptly video agency.
The footage shows Syrian surface-to-air missiles responding to the attack.
Syrian Al-Dumayr Military Airport, located 40 km north-east from Damascus, was attacked by 12 cruise missiles, the Russian MoD confirmed, adding that all missiles were intercepted by Syrian air defense systems.
To repel the attack, Damascus deployed Soviet-made surface-to-air missile systems, including S-125 (NATO reporting name: SA-3 Goa), S-200 (SA-5 Gammon), 2K12 Kub (SA-6 Gainful) and Buk.
Smoke can be seen rising from a scientific research facility in Barzeh, which the coalition claims was targeted for its alleged involvement in the production of chemical and biological weapons.
According to reports, citing Syrian government sources, some 30 missiles were launched by the US and its European partners.
The Syrian air defenses managed to intercept roughly a third of them.
Friday’s strikes saw over 100 missiles launched at Syria, US Defense Secretary James Mattis told reporters.
It remains unclear which weapons were used, but the US deployed 59 Tomahawk missiles against Shayrat air base in Syria last year.
“We used a little over double the number of weapons this year than we used last year,” Mattis said on Friday. “We were very precise and proportionate, but at the same time it was a heavy strike.”
Responding to the US-led airstrikes on Damascus, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that all countries are obliged to “act consistently” with the UN Charter.
“There’s an obligation, particularly when dealing with the matters of peace and security, to act consistently with the Charter of the United Nationals and with international law in general.”