British Typhoons patrol Libya no-fly zone: MoD

22nd March 2011, Comments 0 comments

British Typhoon fighter jets Tuesday took part in the coalition operation to enforce a UN-sanctioned no-fly zone over Libya as the action against Moamer Kadhafi's regime continued.

"Working alongside our coalition partners, UK Typhoon aircraft have continued operations today patrolling the no-fly zone in support of (UN Security Council Resolution) 1973," the spokesman for Britain's Chief of Defence Staff, Major General John Lorimer, said in a statement.

"A further four GR4 Tornados left RAF Marham in Norfolk (east England) earlier this afternoon to conduct further air reconnaissance missions over Libya as part of Operation Ellamy," he added.

Despite the UN-mandated no-fly zone aimed at stopping violence in the North African country, fighting raged between forces loyal to Kadhafi and insurgents in several towns on Tuesday.

Libyan anti-aircraft fire opened up over the Libyan capital Tripoli after nightfall on Tuesday, amid the sound of far-off explosions, AFP journalists reported.

Residents of Yafran, 130 kilometres (80 miles) southwest of Tripoli, said at least nine people had been killed in clashes between the two sides.

Rebels also said they were under intense attack in their enclave of Misrata, east of Tripoli, which has been besieged by Kadhafi's forces for weeks, with four children killed on Tuesday.

© 2011 AFP

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