British Typhoons patrol Libya no-fly zone: MoD

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

Updated: Mar 23, 2011, 10:47 AM IST

London: British Typhoon fighter jets took
part in the coalition operation to enforce a UN-sanctioned no-fly zone over Libya as the action against Muammar Gaddafi`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 yesterday.

"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 yesterday, amid the sound of
far-off explosions, AFP journalists.

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 Gaddafi`s forces for weeks, with four children killed
yesterday.

Bureau Report