Monday, March 21, 2011

UK jets attack Libya

A British Eurofighter EF-2000 Typhoon jet flies over the Gioia del Colle NATO Airbase in southern Italy March 20.
British fighter jets have reportedly struck Libya's air defenses, as the aerial attacks by the military alliance on the North African nation enter their third day.

"I can confirm that British armed forces have participated in another co-ordinate strike against Libyan air defense systems," British defense ministry said in a statement on Sunday.

"For a second time, the UK has launched guided Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAM) from a Trafalgar Class submarine in the Mediterranean as part of a coordinated coalition plan to enforce the resolution," the statement added, AFP reported.

Four Danish F-16 jets have also taken part in the airstrikes on Libya, Danish Air Force said on Sunday, adding that their mission has been "lengthy" but "successful."

The United States and Britain have said the aerial attacks have been "successful" and the no-fly zone is now "in place."

However, the Arab League that requested and supported a no-fly zone initiative on Libya said airstrikes were not supposed to be in the plan and criticized the military alliance for the attacks.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan also expressed opposition to the airstrikes, urging the end of raids "as quickly as possible."

Despite the foreign air attacks, forces loyal to Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi continued the killing of revolutionaries. Medics said at least 94 were killed in the eastern city of Benghazi on Sunday.

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