We may be just hours away from air strikes on Colonel Gaddafi’s forces in Libya. Sources close to the emergency summit in Paris, which has brought together Britain, France, Canada, the USA, several European leaders, members of the Arab League and an African Union representative, say the air strikes could begin as early as 4pm this afternoon.
Although German leader Angela Merkel has ruled out her country’s participation in military action she is at the summit, which has been called by French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
In anticipation of air strikes Gaddafi appears to have gone back on his word to order a ceasefire on Friday, and has bombarded Benghazi, sending in ground forces. In the open desert, these are easy targets, but air power will be hard to apply if street fighting is taking place.