Onboard a Tornado fighter jet on Libya mission

British Tornado took part in co-ordinated strikes on Thursday on armoured vehicles belonging to Gaddafi’s forces which threatening civilians in the strategic eastern town of Ajdabiya.

The aircraft flew from Gioia del Colle air base in south-eastern Italy, returning to base this morning. They are expected to fly more sorties over Libya today.

Ajdabiya has been under siege for more than a week, with rebels trying to hold the city centre while being besieged by government troops.

William Hague, the Foreign Secretary, said on Thursday that British aircraft have flown 59 missions over Libya in their efforts to enforce a no-fly zone and to protect civilians from Gaddafi’s attacks.

He said more than 150 coalition planes have been involved in military operations, including the RAF’s Typhoons and Tornados.


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