Qatar becomes first Arab state to enforce Libya no-fly zone

By REUTERS
March 25, 2011 21:33

 
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Qatar on Friday became the first Arab country to begin patrolling a UN-backed no-fly zone aimed at preventing Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's forces from attacking civilians, the coalition task force said in a statement.

A Qatari Mirage 2000-5 jet joined a similar French air force plane to patrol a sector of Libyan air space, the statement said.

Qatar has deployed six Mirage 2000-5 warplanes and two C-17A transport aircraft to Europe to support the no-fly zone and deliver humanitarian assistance to Libyan civilians.

The United Arab Emirates announced on Thursday it would join the coalition, but it has not yet begun flying missions, the statement said.

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