March 20, 2011 / 5:41 PM / 9 years ago

Four Qatari planes to join Libya operations soon

PARIS, March 20 (Reuters) - Four Qatari planes will soon move into the Libyan zone of operations, a French Defence Ministry spokesman said on Sunday.

“As announced by the Qatari authorities, it will deploy four planes in the zone to be able to take part in the operations, which is another sign of Arab participation in this international operation to protect civilians,” Laurent Teisseire told reporters.

A second official said the Qatari planes should arrive soon, although did not say where they would operate from.

French air forces would work closely with the Qataris, Teisseire added. (Reporting By John Irish; Editing by Jon Boyle)

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