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During an emergency meeting that was held in Cairo the Arab ministers voted to ask the UN Security Council to impose a no-fly zone over Libya, diplomats said

The 22-member Arab organisation also agreed to make contacts with the national council set up by rebels opposed to the regime of Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi in their eastern stronghold of Benghazi, diplomats said.

Syria votes against

The decision was adopted by nine of the 11 foreign ministers attending the meeting. Syria voted against the resolution.

The other country that voted against it is Algeria , according to diplomatic sources.

Syria‘s decision was not a surprise. Opposition sources said on Thursday that Syrian Air Force officers were flying some of the MiG-23 and MiG-25 fighter-jets ordered to attack rebel-held towns in Libya. They said at least one Syrian Air Force officer was killed and identified after his plane was downed.

L Libyan protesters hold a placard in Benghazi calling for the implementation of the "No Fly Zone".
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