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UN approves no-fly zone over Libya

March 17, 2011|By Ken Dilanian | Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
  • Tobruk residents take to the streets Thursday to celebrate a decision by the United Nations Security Council to OK a no-fly zone over Libya.
Tobruk residents take to the streets Thursday to celebrate a decision by… (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles…)

WASHINGTON D.C. — The U.N. Security Council has voted to authorize a no-fly zone and other military action against the regime of Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi.

The vote was 10 to 0, with five abstentions. The five were China, Russia, Brazil, India and Germany.

Military officials in the U.S., France and Britain had already been planning airstrikes designed to protect civilians and stop the momentum of Kadafi's forces.

"Each day, each hour, increases the weight on our shoulders," French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe told the council. "We must not wait."

In Tobruk, Libya, Al Jazeera television broadcast images of fireworks going off in response to the vote.

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