March 20, 2011
French jets have launched a second day of operations over Libya to enforce a no-fly zone against Col Muammar Gaddafi’s forces. The 15 planes patrolled Libyan airspace but did not open fire because they met no resistance, a spokesman said. TV pictures from the capital, Tripoli, later showed anti-aircraft fire. Some of it was near Col Gaddafi’s residence, the AFP news agency reported. France also says Qatar is to about to deploy four planes to the operation. The move would make Qatar the first Arab country to play an active part in the campaign against Col Gaddafi, who has been battling a month-long revolt. Spain, Italy, Denmark and Norway have also committed more military assets. Allied forces fired more than 120 missiles against Libyan targets, mostly air defences, on Saturday night. Policy criticised The head of the Arab League, who supported the idea of a no-fly zone, has criticised the severity of the bombardment. “What is happening in Libya differs from the aim of imposing a no-fly zone, and what we want is the protection of civilians and not the bombardment of more civilians,” said Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa.