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10.54pm: The story of those two Libyan air force pilots who apparently defected earlier to Malta is becoming ever more fascinating.
Al Jazeera has spoken to one of its correspondents on the island, who said the pilots have claimed they came so close to carrying out their mission to bomb anti-Gadaffi demonstrators that they could see the crowds on the ground.
They have reportedly passed on "classified" information about the movements and actions of the Libyan military to Malta.
Eric Montfort, a journalist on the island, has been in touch with the Guardian to tell us that the Mirage fighters which apparently defected to Malta are among the most prized in Libya's fighter plane force.
Earlier in the afternoon there were also demonstrations in front of the Libyan Embassy at Balzan, Malta, where two embassy workers defected and joined the crowd.
10.50pm: Another potentially significant development, if true. Sultan Al Qassemi has just tweeted that Al Jazeera are reporting on a statement by Libyan Military Officers which asks all members of the Libyan army to head to Tripoli and remove Gaddafi.
Originally posted by chaztekno
I take my hat off to the pilots and say fair play. That really couldnt have been an easy choice for them to make under the regime they served and like previous posters have said they must be so worried about there kin back home. Lets hope this is over and fast before repracussions can take place.
Originally posted by LestatG
Just to add I have left the airport as there is nothing going on. However, I do have an aquaintance there who will call/text I'd anything transpires.edit on 21/2/2011 by LestatG because: Double post