John Christopher Stevens, the American ambassador to Libya killed trying to evacuate the U.S. consulate in Benghazi during an attack by Islamist protesters, was a firsthand witness to Libya’s painful transition to democracy who became one of its casualties. He was 52.
Libya’s ambassador to the United Nations appealed to the Security Council today to “save” his nation from the violence unleashed on protesters by leader Muammar Qaddafi and to impose sanctions on the regime.
The United Nations Security Council today condemned the Libyan regime’s use of violence against protesters, as the nation’s deputy ambassador reported a new wave of attacks in the western region by forces loyal to leader Muammar Qaddafi .
Libya erupted into violence last night after Muammar Qaddafi ’s son threatened “rivers of blood” and deployed security forces on protesters, some of whom claimed control of the second-biggest city, Benghazi.
The United Nations Security Council voted 15-0 to freeze the foreign assets of Libya’s Muammar Qaddafi and four aides and to bar them from traveling, in the broadest international effort to halt his regime’s attacks on protesters.
The U.S. and its European allies are seeking at the United Nations to freeze the foreign assets of 10 Libyan oil companies, eight banks, the national broadcasting corporation and Muammar Qaddafi ’s wife, Safia.
The United Nations Security Council voted to ground Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi ’s air force and to grant military authority to the U.S. and its allies to protect civilians and population centers threatened by his forces.