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Jordan sends jets to enforce Libya no-fly zone

Jordan sends jets to enforce Libya no-fly zone

Jordan has sent fighter jets to a European air base to help enforce a no-fly zone over Libya, an official said Wednesday.
The Foreign Ministry official said the fighter aircraft would only protect Jordan's flights to Libya that carry humanitarian assistance. The first flight landed Monday at Benghazi airport, which is under rebel control.
The official said the Royal Jordanian Air Force jets landed at the European base on Monday. He declined to say which base and would not disclose the number of the fighter jets involved, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the information.
On Wednesday, Jordanian newspapers quoted Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh as telling chief editors of local dailies that the kingdom was offering "logistical" support, specifically to protect the humanitarian flights.
"But our fighter jets have no combat duties," Judeh was quoted as saying, insisting that Jordan's contribution was for the enforcement of the no-fly zone mandated by the United Nations.
Jordanian officials have previously said in private that the kingdom was asked by the Arab League to contribute only a liaison officer to help police the no-fly zone over Libya.
They said the contribution would help Arabs to influence military plans by NATO and Western powers and prevent an invasion or full-scale military attack on Libya.
Qatar was the first Arab country to contribute planes to police the no-fly zone over Libya. Western powers have emphasized the importance of Arab participation in the campaign.


Updated : 2021-10-17 01:42 GMT+08:00