Coalition AF make 363 mission sorties in Libya since NATO op start

Allied aircraft have made 363 mission sorties and delivered 148 air strikes since the transfer of the entire operation in Libya (March 31) to NATO command, the command of NATO’s Operation Unified Protector said in a statement.

In total, the coalition forces include 205 aircraft from 14 countries, and in the coming days their number will be increased.

As part of the alliance’s operation to ensure an embargo on arms supply to Libya, 21 ships are patrolling the coastal waters of this country.

According to NATO release, on March 27, NATO Allies decided to take on the whole military operation in Libya under United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973. The purpose of Operation Unified Protector is to protect civilians and civilian-populated areas under threat of attack. NATO will implement all military aspects of the UN Resolution. All NATO Allies are committed to fulfil their obligations under the UN resolution. Since the resolution was passed on March 17, Allies have moved swiftly and decisively to enforce the arms embargo and no-fly zone called for in the resolution, and to take further measures to protect civilians and civilian populated areas from attack.

[Source: Itar Tass, Brussels, 03Apr11]

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