French fighter jets have shot down a Libyan warplane amid claims that forces loyal to leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi violated the country’s UN-sanctioned no-fly zone.
The Libyan warplane, a Soko G-2 Galeb, reportedly flew over Misrata about 130 miles east of Tripoli before it was shot down by the French jets.
The incident was believed to be the first time a Libyan jet was sent into Libyan airspace since the coalition bombing began, and the first time one was shot down since the coalition began bombing Libya.
French military officials told a press conference in Paris that its fighter jets attacked an air base 150 miles inland from the Mediterranean coast.
Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said Thursday coalition air strikes against Libya had been a “success.”