By a vote of 10–0 with five abstentions, the United Nations Security Council has approved a resolution authorizing the international community to use “all necessary measures” to protect the civilian population of Libya, and instituted a ban on all non-humanitarian flights over Libya — a no-fly zone.
The resolution was sponsored by Britain, France, and Lebanon, with the late addition of the United States. European officials say enforcement — presumably actual patrols/sorties — could begin within hours of passage.
The “all necessary measures” wording comes with riders, including the specific preclusion of an “occupying force.”
Among the countries to abstain from the measure were Germany, Russia, and China.
This post will be updated with developments.