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Published on Jun 1, 2011
Royal Air Force aircraft attacked a Qadhafi regime ammunition storage facility in a series of strikes on Tuesday (31/05/2011). Typhoon and Tornado aircraft struck ten ammunition storage bunkers and a vehicle at a site near Waddan, using Enhanced Paveway II and Paveway IV bombs. The bombs use both satellite and laser guidance to ensure they are as accurate as possible. Numerous secondary explosions, seen in video from the aircraft's Litening III targeting pods, showed that a significant quantity of munitions was stored at the site. As for all NATO strikes, a full set of checks was carried out before each attack to minimise collateral damage. The destruction of the ammunition has further reduced the Qadhafi regime's ability to attack civilians in Libya, as the NATO mission keeps up pressure on the dictator and his close supporters. This operation was carried out in support of NATO's mission, Operation Unified Protector.