'Libya shuts air space to all flights'
LIBYA, March 18, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM) — Libya has closed its air space to all flights after the UN Security Council (UNSC) passed a resolution, imposing a no-fly zone over the country, RIA NOVOSTI repsorted on Friday.
Europe’s air navigation organization, Eurocontrol, said on Friday that it obtained the information from Maltese authorities who said “Libya does not accept any traffic until further notice,” according to wire reports.
The move comes after the French government announced an imminent attack against Libya that could include France, Britain and possibly the United States.
The three powers are reportedly scrambling fighter jets. Canadian media have reported that it is planning to send six CF-18 fighter jets to join the military action against the Libyan regime.
Norway has also expressed readiness to participate in the effort, but Russia has ruled out taking part in the military measure, reports said.
Five members of the Arab League, including Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, will also contribute to the military effort, according to an AFP report, quoting diplomats, which did not elaborate on specific details.
Libyan Defense Ministry has warned of quick retaliation to any military action, saying their response could endanger all air and maritime traffic in the Mediterranean Sea.
Despite the passage of a no-fly zone resolution by the UNSC on Thursday, Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi has remained defiant by vowing an offensive on the eastern city of Benghazi which is the revolutionaries’ stronghold. (*)