United Nations Continue Battle In Libya
Posted by Amy Oppenheim on Mar 24, 2011 - 10:49:44 AM
NATO ships in Mediterranean Sea plan arms embargo
Libya—Coalition jets have combed Libya for five consecutive nights in pursuit
of Moammar Gadhafi, but have been unsuccessful.
tanks targeted Misrata’s primary hospital, which contained 400 people, leaving
the building with no electricity. Doctors and patients have taken refuge in
unharmed areas of the structure, and ambulances have not been allowed to leave
battle for Misrata, which is Libya’s largest city, has been ongoing for over a
week, and British Foreign Secretary William Hague has stated that many
residents are trapped in their homes without electricity or a means of
obtaining food and water.
planes struck Tajura, a suburb of Libya, possibly killing 18 people in the
process. It is unknown whether any of these casualties were civilians, but western
leaders have urged that it is unlikely.
NATO officials, courtesy of nato.int
no-fly zone has been implemented across the nation by the coalition, and while
the rebel forces have improved their position, Gadhafi’s army maintains control.
the coalition is under the power of the United States, but may be transferred
to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), who already has ships in the
Mediterranean Sea ready to create an arms embargo.
Obama has stated that the purpose of the United Nations-sanctioned military
mission is to prevent a humanitarian crisis, as well as to protect the Libyan
international air attacks began after Gadhafi broke a promise to the United
Nations to uphold a cease-fire against rebel forces and civilians. The war
began in February when civilians rallied for the end of Gadhafi’s 42-year rule,
and Gadhafi’s forces responded with violence against these rebels.
was the first to launch an air campaign, followed by the United States and
Britain. An international meeting will be held on March 28, to discuss the
situation in Libya.
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