British planes are in action over Libya, Prime Minister David Cameron has said.
He spoke after hosting a meeting of the government’s emergency management committee Cobra in Downing Street.
Earlier he said Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi had broken his own ceasefire and will now face the consequences of his actions.
Speaking after a summit of world leaders in Paris, Mr Cameron said “the time for action has come”.
After the Cobra meeting, he said: “British forces are in action over Libya. They are part of an international coalition to enforce the will of the United Nations.
“We have all seen the appalling brutality meted out by Col Gaddafi against his own people.”
He added that the action was “legal, necessary and right”.
Mr Cameron praised the British servicemen and women involved and said they were the “bravest of the brave”.
It was a “just cause” and in “Britain’s best interests”, he said.
In case you’re relying on me as a source of news, it is confirmed – Britain has just entered a new conflict, the intervention in Libya. We will deploy planes in support of an international no-fly zone over the country