British forces to join operation in Libya

AFP , Friday 18 Mar 2011

Cameron says RAF jets will soon be deployed to enforce the no-fly zone on Libya sanctioned by the UN Security Council

Britain will deploy fighter jets "in the coming hours" as part of the international operation to enforce the UN Security Council resolution on Libya, Prime Minister David Cameron said Friday.

Cameron told parliament that Britain would "play its part" to create a no-fly zone by employing RAF jets to prevent Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's troops from attacking civilians.

"I can tell the house that we will deploy Tornado and Typhoon as well as air-to-air refuelling and surveillance aircraft. Preparations to deploy these have already started and in the coming hours they will move to airbases from where they can take the necessary action," he said.

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