Swedish jets leave for Libya

2011-04-02 10:14

Three fighter jets have left Sweden to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation-led no-fly zone operation over Libya.

Air Force spokesperson Rickard Wissman said the JAS 39 Gripen planes left their base in Blekinge in southern Sweden this morning for Sardinia.

Five more jets will leave for the mission on Sunday.

Wissman said the first three planes were “practically ready” to help enforce the no-fly zone as soon as they land.

Swedish lawmakers yesterday approved a contribution of up to eight fighter jets and one transport plane to join the mission.

The jets can’t be used to bomb Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s ground forces, but will be able to return fire if they are attacked.

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