French military sources say that the French airforce has already carried out strikes on various targets around Benghazi, and has opened fire on a government army vehicle and destroyed it. Reports also say four government tanks have been destroyed to the south-west of the city.
The French airforce have been carrying out wide-ranging reconnaissance missions across Libya all afternoon. French military sources say that their planes are also patrolling the skies above Benghazi in an attempt to halt operations by troops loyal to Colonel Gaddafi. The city has been under heavy bombardment all day.
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The French aircraft carrier “Charles de Gaulle” is to be deployed tomorrow, said a French spokesman, along with other naval vessels.
The coalition navies, including the Canadian Navy, will enforce a blockage of Libya, to ensure that a ban on selling arms to the Libyan government is enforced. Six Canadian fighter jets have now arrived in Europe and are being prepared to carry out missions over Libya.