French aircraft on flights over Libya; US missiles launched at targets
Saturday, March 19, 2011
President Nicolas Sarkozy said that "[o]ur air force will oppose any aggression by Colonel Gadhafi [...] As of now, our aircraft are preventing planes from attacking the town [and] are prepared to intervene against tanks, armored vehicles threatening unarmed civilians." One of the planes deployed has reportedly fired against a ground military vehicle.
The intervention is believed to be the first such action since the no-fly zone was approved. fighter jets have been deployed from , France, and have reportedly encountered no problems during their missions.
Other countries are preparing to assist in enforcing the no-fly zone. Italy has offered to allow aircraft use at their air bases, and Canada has already sent an aircraft to the region, though they will not immediately begin flying missions.
In Benghazi, government forces have reportedly launched an attack on the rebel stronghold, though Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has denied this claim. Pro-Gaddafi forces have apparently shot down a rebel aircraft.
Some 200,000 people are estimated to have fled the city, according to the UN.
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