Arab states seek Libya No-fly zone
Regional bloc calls on UN Security Council to take steps to protect civilians from air attack by Gaddafi forces.
The Arab League has called on the United Nations Security Council to impose a no-fly zone over Libya in a bid to protect civilians from air attack in the ongoing battle against the more than 41-year rule of leader Muammar Gaddafi.
Youssef bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Oman’s foreign minister, announced the decision at a press conference on Saturday following a meeting of the bloc’s ministers in the Egyptian capital, Cairo.
Abdullah, who chaired the meeting, said the decision was agreed upon by all of the member states that attended Saturday’s talks.
Amr Moussa, the secretary-general of the Arab League, said the main goal of the decision is to protect the civilian population of Libya.
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