Belgian F-16s conduct first Libya operation

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Belgian F-16 jets on Monday conducted the country's first Libya operation as part of the international coalition enforcing a UN resolution, Defence Minister Pieter De Crem told parliament.

"During the coalition missions carried out by our F-16 detachment -- this operation is currently under way with a first mission launched a little before 1500 local (1400 GMT) -- NATO rules of engagement will apply," De Crem said.

"They will be completed by specific rules of engagement to ensure the protection of civilians," he added.

A source close to the government said four fighters were involved.

Belgium decided Friday to join the international coalition protecting civilians opposed to Moamer Kadhafi's regime.

© 2011 AFP

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