March 18, 2011 / 6:57 AM / 8 years ago

Norway to join military intervention in Libya

OSLO, March 18 (Reuters) - Norway will join the international military action against Muammar Gaddafi’s forces in Libya, a Norwegian daily quoted the defence minister as saying on its website on Friday.

“We will contribute to the operation,” Grete Faremo told the daily Verdens Gang. “But it is too early to say exactly in what way. Sending air capabilities would be natural.”

Faremo said that sending fighter aircraft was one possibility, as well as humanitarian operations requiring air transport.

The United Nations late on Thursday authorised military strikes to protect Libyan civilians and curb Gaddafi’s forces, hours after the Libyan leader threatened to storm the rebel bastion of Benghazi overnight. (Editing by Tim Pearce)

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