BEIJING, June 6 (Xinhuanet) -- British jets have struck a military compound in the Libyan capital. It's part of NATO's recently intensified campaign against Muammar Gaddafi, following nearly four months of internal conflict to end his 42-year rule.
A NATO official says Royal Airforce tornados fired eight missiles into a surface-to-air missile depot early on Sunday, and also attacked targets in the town of Tajoura, to the West of Tripoli. The strikes follow the Western alliance's first use of attack helicopters on Saturday.
By increasing the range and scale of its bombardment, NATO is hoping to provide a boost to Libyan rebel forces, who control much of the country's east. Meanwhile, the Russian Deputy Prime Minister, Sergei Ivanov, has claimed that NATO is one step away from sending ground troops into Libya, to help rebels remove Muammar Gaddafi from power.
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