09 Apr '11, 7pm

NATO forces Libyan rebel's fighter jet to land

NATO forces Libyan rebel's fighter jet to land

BRUSSELS: NATO warplanes intercepted a MiG-23 fighter jet operated by a Libyan rebel pilot on Saturday and forced him to land after he violated a UN-mandated no-fly zone, a NATO official told AFP. The jet had taken off from a rebel-controlled airfield near the eastern city of Benghazi in the morning and was intercepted within minutes, the official said on condition of anonymity. No weapons were fired by either side. "No aggressive action was displayed by the MiG-23 and the NATO fighters proceeded to force it to land back at the Benina airfield," the official said. The official added that the rebels had not warned NATO that one of their jets was going to take off. It was the first time that any aircraft violated the no-fly zone since NATO took command of the mission from a US-led coalition on March 31. "A request to fly by anybody in the no-fly zone would be scrutinised and...

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