Beirut Refuses Libyan Jet Entry in Lebanon


Lebanese aviation authorities have reportedly refused to give the permission for a private Libyan jet with 10 people on board to land at Rafik Hariri international airport.

As Safir daily said Tuesday that the plane was due to take off from Tripoli’s airport before midnight but Lebanese authorities asked Libya to unveil the identity of the 10 people before allowing the jet to land in Lebanon.

When the Libyans ignored the Lebanese request, authorities in Beirut ordered airport officials to ask the pilot to divert the plane to a nearby country, either Syria or Cyprus.

Libya is boiling in turmoil as protesters overran several cities and regime insiders quit, shaking the foundations of Moammer Gadhafi’s 41-year rule.

International outrage over Libyan security forces' brutal crackdown deepened and the U.N. Security Council prepared to meet in crisis session.