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Incredible Video: Warplane Goes Down in Flames, Exploding on the Ground in Libya

"rebel fighter jet hit by accident"

The plane, mid-air, in flames

As world leaders met today in Paris to discuss immediate international military action against Moammar Gadhafi's forces in Libya, we see this stunning footage of what the war on the ground in that country actually looks like:

French officials have said that they expect military action could begin within hours after the meeting - but the outcome remained uncertain and it was not clear what effect developments on the ground might have.

France, Britain and the United States were among the major backers of a muscular U.N. Security Council resolution passed Thursday that authorizes a no-fly zone over Libya and "all necessary measures" to protect civilians.

France's U.N. ambassador Gerard Araud told BBC Newsnight that he expected military action to begin within hours of the hastily organized summit in response to the onslaught by Gadhafi's artillery, warplanes and tanks against rebel-controlled areas.

The AP contributed to this report.

UPDATE: The downed plane was a rebel fighter jet shot down accidentally. Reuters reports:

A warplane was shot down on Saturday over the Libyan city of Benghazi and an opposition activist said it was a rebel fighter jet hit by accident.

Azeldin al-Sharif, an opposition activist, said rebel forces had brought the plane down by mistake over the city of Benghazi.

The city came under attack from forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi on Saturday, including air strikes by planes loyal to the government.

"The fighter jet that was brought down this morning, was a revolutionary fighter jet and was hit by mistake. There is no communication on the ground," said Sharif, head of the British-Libyan Solidarity Campaign.
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