Danish fighters end strike mission in Libya

14:41, March 21, 2011      

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Four Danish F16 fighters took part in the first round of air strikes launched by Western forces Saturday against Libyan government troops, Defence Minister Gitte Lillelund Bech said on Sunday night.

The four fighters took off around 15:00 local time (14:00 GMT) from an air force base in Sigonella of Sicily, Italy, and spent five hours accomplishing their part in the operation, Danish media reported.

The air attack was a highly risky joint action carried out by multiple countries, and the Danish fighters had completed their own mission, Bech said, but denied to disclose any details.

Earlier, the Danish defense minister had remained reticent on Denmark's participation in the air raid against Libya.

Britain, the United States and France launched strikes Saturday from air and sea against Libyan government forces after the United Nations Security Council passed a resolution to impose a no-fly zone over Libya to protect civilians there.

Denmark was among the first countries to respond to the UN resolution. The Danish parliament agreed unanimously on Friday to join in the military intervention in Libya, and the next day six Danish F16 fighters, two as backup, along with 120 ground personnel were sent from the Skrydstrup base in Denmark to Sicily.

Source: Xinhua

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