United Arab Emirates (UAE) sent 12 aircraft to support combat operations of international no-fly zone in Libya, an official said the United States on Thursday (03/24/2011). “We appreciate their contributions,” said the official who declined to be named told AFP.
The official did not confirm press reports that warplanes Emirates is composed of six F-16 and six Mirage. UAE is a fellowship of the seven emirates in the Arabian Peninsula are rich thanks to oil industries, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah, Umm al-Qaiwain, and Fujairah.
A senior U.S. military said more than 350 aircraft are now taking part in coalition operations against Libya, just over half of whom are American planes.
“Honestly, the coalition has increased the number and kamampuannya every day,” said Rear Admiral William Gorthney, Director of the Joint Chiefs. He states, “more than 350 aircraft involved in that capacity. Only a little more than half of U.S. property.”
Meanwhile, the Government of Libya said the civilian victims who were killed by air attack Western troops for five days has reached nearly 100 people, and Tripoli accuse Western countries at war to help the rebels.
Mussa Ibrahim, spokesman for the Government of Libya, saying, “What happened today is the Western countries to war on the rebels. It is not permitted by UN resolutions.”