Libya shuts down air space

2011-03-18 10:38

Brussels – Libya had shut down its air space to all traffic until further notice, Europe’s air traffic agency said today, hours after the UN approved air strikes against the regime.

Eurocontrol, citing information from Maltese authorities, said in a brief statement on its website that Tripoli “does not accept traffic UFN (until further notice)”.

The United States, Britain and France were expected to scramble fighter jets against Muammar Gadaffi’s forces after they secured the UN Security Council’s blessing late yesterday.

Paris warned military action was imminent.

The UN Security Council passed a resolution approving “all necessary measures” to impose a no-fly zone in Libya, protect civilian areas and put pressure on Gadaffi to accept a ceasefire.

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