Once again British military forces have been in action in the bid to enforce the no-fly zone over Libya. One of its submarines is said to have fired Tomahawk missiles at targets, although this is as yet unconfirmed.
The Pentagon’s Vice Admiral William Gortney described operation Odyssey Dawn as “progressing well”.
“There has been no new air activity by the regime and we have detected no radar emissions from any of the air defence sites targeted and there has been a significant decrease in the use of all Libyan air surveillance radars, which most of those appear to be limited now only to the areas around Tripoli and Sirte.” He went on to say: “Benghazi is not completely safe from attack, but it is certainly under less threat than it was yesterday.”
But sporadic explosions and heavy gunfire broke out in the rebel stronghold overnight. It lasted about 40 minutes despite the Libyan government having earlier said its forces would observe a ceasefire.