Libya air raids possible upon UN approval: French sources

17th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

Air raids on Libyan army positions could take place as soon as the UN Security Council approves the use of force in the north African country later Thursday, French sources said.

"From the moment the resolution is adopted, military actions could begin in the hours that follow," a French diplomatic source said on condition of anonymity, as the UN Security Council was set to vote on a resolution at 2200 GMT.

"Strikes could take place as soon as this evening or tomorrow, Friday," another knowledgeable source told AFP, also requesting anonymity.

The air raids could be carried out jointly by France, Britain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, the second source said.

The UN Security Council was to vote on a resolution calling for "all necessary measures" to protect Libyan civilians as forces loyal to strongman Moamer Kadhafi close in on the rebels' eastern stronghold Benghazi.

© 2011 AFP

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