British jets destroy Libyan tanks
British warplanes have destroyed seven Libyan tanks in airstrikes over the country, the Ministry of Defence (MoD).
RAF Tornado jets hit two tanks in Ajdabiyah and a further five tanks in Misratah. Both areas have been the focus of fierce fighting in recent weeks as rebels battle troops loyal to Colonel Gaddafi.
RAF Typhoon jets have also been involved in policing the UN-backed no-fly zone in the skies above the North African country.
The MoD also confirmed that HMS Liverpool has taken over from HMS Cumberland undertaking surveillance and embargo operations alongside HMS Brockelsby. HMS Cumberland will now return to the UK.
An MOD spokesman said: "UK Royal Air Force aircraft hit seven Main Battle Tanks on Friday April 8 as part of the UK's continued support for Nato's Operation Unified Protector to protect Libyan civilians and enforce UN Security Council Resolution 1973.
"RAF Tornado GR4 Aircraft used Brimstone Missiles and Paveway IV Bombs in the area of Ajdabiyah hitting two tanks and in the area of Misratah hitting 5 tanks.
"The weapons were discharged as part of armed air reconnaissance and overwatch patrols conducted over Misratah, Brega and Ajdabiyah.
"RAF Typhoon aircraft conducted defensive counter air patrols as part of the No Fly Zone enforcement. Two RAF VC10 tanker aircraft supported the Tornado, Typhoon and other coalition sorties to provide air-to-air refuelling."
The strikes come after Libyan rebels claimed they had been attacked in Nato air strikes.
Five rebels were killed in the apparent case of friendly fire on trucks and tanks in the eastern port of Brega.