Libyan rebel forces say there’ve been a number of government air strikes on the outskirts of Benghazi but there are no reports of any damage being caused.
However a spokesman for the opposition told euronews they’d had some success in shooting down one of the warplanes.
Anwar el Saber said by phone from Al-Bayda:
“For almost half an hour, one of Gaddafi’s fighter jets shelled Benina Airport, 10 kilometers south of Benghazi. This plane has been shot by national (insurrectional) forces and has crashed in the Suluk-zone, south of Benghazi. It was a Mirage fighter jet.”
Meanwhile the US has signalled stronger support for a no-fly zone over Libya. Washington has been reluctant to back such a measure, but senior US officials seem to be toughening their stance, and are encouraging the UN to back not just a no-fly zone, but also air strikes against Libyan tanks and heavy artillery.
US Undersecretary of State William Burns has said he hopes a resolution that includes, but is not limited to a no-fly zone could be passed on Thursday.
France, which has been pushing hard for such a measure to be taken, is also confident there is enough support in the UN Security Council for a no-fly zone. An Arab League envoy has said two Arab states would join the no-fly zone and indicated that “maybe” those countries were the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.