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March 19, 2011

French military jet opens fire in Libya

BBC News -
1748: French aircraft have destroyed four Libyan tanks in air strikes to the south-west of Benghazi, Al-Jazeera television has reported.


* the first shots have been fired in Libya by French military jets enforcing the no-fly zone voted for by the UN
* French aircraft are preventing forces loyal to Libyan leader Col Gaddafi from attacking the rebel-held city of Benghazi, French President Nicolas Sarkozy says after a meeting of world leaders in Paris
* French aircraft also flew over "all Libyan territory" on reconnaissance missions, according to French military sources
* Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte tells journalists he believed British, French and Canadian aircraft would launch the first airstrikes, a BBC correspondent reports
* Earlier, Pro-Gaddafi forces launched an assault on Benghazi, a BBC journalist witnessed. A jet appears to have been shot down over the city





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