Four Royal Air Force Tornado jets were deployed from RAF Akrotiri and fired Storm Shadow missiles at a military facility 15 miles west of Homs early this morning, where it was assessed that Syria had stockpiled chemicals, the UK Ministry of Defence has said.
Britain has joined the United States and France after intelligence pointed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government as being responsible for a chemical weapons attack in Douma.
The four jets, which did not enter Syrian airspace according to the BBC, fired their GPS-guided Storm Shadow missiles and then returned safely to their base.
The cruise missile is 5m (16ft) long and has a range of 300 miles. They had already been programmed to find their target using GPS.
Greek Cypriot government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said that this action had not affected Cyprus airspace.
“The airspace (of Cyprus) was not used and neither its FIR (flight information region) or its air corridors have been affected by this operation,” he said.
The air strikes did not affect any flight schedules to and from Cyprus, spokesman of Hermes airports, Adamos Aspris said.
Cyprus Mail, Kathimerini