Qaddafi Backs Down
Forces loyal to Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi declared a cease-fire hours after the United Nations Security Council passed a resolution authorizing a no-fly zone and military action.
According to a report by VOA News, Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa announced the cease-fire, citing Libya's obligations as a member of the UN. This came shortly after pro-Qaddafi forces launched a massive attack on the town of Misrata, killing 25.
The resolution was welcomed by the Libyan opposition. "All the Libyans now, they are very, very happy even as this resolution is coming very, very late. But we are really glad and then happy. Today, just now in Benghazi where the people go outside singing, and then dancing, and are very, very happy about this resolution," said Hadi Shalluf, the leader of the Justice and Democracy Party.
Libya also responded to the resolution by closing its airspace. Canada has stated it will deploy six fighter jets to the region, and Italy is offering an air base at Sigonella for use in no-fly-zone operations.