Saif Gaddafi 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Libya is not afraid of a UN resolution authorizing military strikes to protect Libyan civilians, Al Arabiya television quoted Saif al-Islam, one of Muammar Gaddafi's sons, as saying on Friday. Al Arabiya did not say where or when he made the remark.
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The United Nations Security Council voted Thursday to
authorize military force against Gadhafi’s
“Today the Security Council has responded to the Libyan
people's cry for help,” US Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice said. “This
Council's purpose is clear: to protect innocent civilians.”
The resolution demands the "immediate establishment of a cease-fire and a complete end to violence and all attacks, and abuses, of civilians." The resolution stipulates that member states, upon notification to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa, can “take all necessary measures...to protect civilians and civilian populated areas, including Benghazi, while excluding a foreign occupation force of any form on any part of Libyan territory."
The Security Council’s authorization of the use of force also includes
the enforcement of a no-fly zone to protect civilians, as well as an
enforcement of the arms embargo, banning all international flights by
Libyan owned or operated aircraft. The resolution also freezes the
assets of certain individuals and five entities including critical
state-owned Libyan companies. A newly established Libyan Sanctions
Committee is empowered by the resolution to impose
sanctions on those who violate the arms embargo, including by providing Gadhafi with mercenaries.
“The future of Libya should be decided by the people of Libya,” Rice
said in her remarks to the Security Council. “The United States stands
with the Libyan people in support of their universal rights.”
The resolution was backed strongly by France, the United Kingdom and
Lebanon. Ten countries voted in favor of the resolution. Russia, China,
Germany, India and Brazil abstained.
"Our resolution is aimed to protect Libyan civilians," Lebanon’s
ambassador to the UN Nawaf Salam said. "It will not result in the
occupation of even an inch of Libyan territory."
The BBC has reported that raids conducted by unmanned drones could take place as early as Friday.
Gaddafi says will show 'no mercy, no pity' in Benghazi
The UN resolution came hours after Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi threatened to storm the rebel bastion of Benghazi overnight, showing "no mercy, no pity"
Al Jazeera television showed thousands of Benghazi residents in a
central square celebrating the UN vote, waving anti-Gaddafi tricolor
flags and chanting defiance of the man who has ruled for four decades.
Fireworks burst over the city.
Gaddafi had warned that only those who lay down their arms would be spared vengeance to be exacted on 'rats and dogs'.
"It's over. The issue has been decided," Gaddafi said. "We are coming
tonight...We will find you in your closets. "We will have no mercy and