Jordan Sends Jets to Support Libya No-fly Zone

Qatar was first Arab country to contribute planes to no-fly zone; last week, French spokesman said jets from the UAE had arrived to support NATO's Libya operation.

Jordan has sent fighter aircraft to a European air base to support a no-fly zone over Libya and protect humanitarian flights from the Arab kingdom, Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh was quoted as saying on Wednesday.

The Jordan Times newspaper quoted Judeh as saying that Royal Jordanian Air Force fighter aircraft landed at the base two days ago. He did not say how many fighter jets had been sent.

The official Petra News Agency said Judeh told newspaper editors that Jordan was offering "logistical support for enforcement of the no-fly zone mandated by a United Nations resolution".

It said he told the editors that the fighter aircraft would also protect the aid flights, the first of which landed at Benghazi airport on Monday.

Qatar was the first Arab country to contribute planes to police the no-fly zone. Last Thursday a French armed forces spokesman said fighter jets from the United Arab Emirates had arrived at an air base in Sardinia to support NATO's Libya operation, meant to protect civilians caught up in a civil war between Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi and rebel forces.

On Tuesday, the head of Libya's rebel army accused NATO of being too slow to order air strikes to protect civilians, allowing Muammar Gadhafi's forces to slaughter the people of the besieged city of Misrata.

NATO officials have said their six-day-old air campaign is now focused on Misrata, under daily attack by army tanks and snipers as the only big population center in western Libya where a revolt against Gadhafi has not been crushed.

The rebels say it is not enough.

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