The US missile strike on the Ash Sha’irat military airfield near Homs early Friday destroyed about 20 Syrian jets, Fox News reported refering to the words of some “two senior defense officials with knowledge of the strike.”
“None of the jets managed to take off and escape before U.S. missiles hit the target, the officials said, adding that all of the destroyed aircraft were jets — not helicopters. No Russian aircraft were at the Sharyat airfield,” the article reads.
Unfortunately, the mainstream media and the Pentagon didn’t release some footage of the actual impacts or aftermath.
Earlier today, the Russian Defense Ministry claimed that only 23 of 59 US Tomahawk missiles fired at Ash Sha’irat military airfield had reached the target.
Sputniknews’s reached some US defense official to get the comment on the issue (source):
The Russian Defense Ministry’s assessment that only 23 of 59 US Tomahawk missiles fired at Syria’s al-Shayrat air field is not accurate, a US defense official told Sputnik on Friday.
However the official did not say how many missiles reached the Shayrat base.
“That is not correct,” the official said when asked to comment on the claim.
A video allegedly shows the Syrian Air Force’s Sukhoi Su-22 bomber taking off from the Shayrat Airbase after the US missile strike:
Video of the first Syrian Air Force (Sukhoi Su-22) bomber taking off from Shayrat Airbase after the US Tomahawk attack this morning pic.twitter.com/3vy2YxGLmz
— M Green (@MmaGreen) April 7, 2017
UPD on the Su-22 video [21:26]:
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The Syrian Defense Ministry’s video from the air field:
A Russian drone video shows the moment of the US missile strike (the runway is undamaged, many bunkers and aircraft intact):