Muammar Qaddafi called last night into a radio station in Benghazi to threaten people. Then today his regime said it would instituting a cease fire. The UN resolution that passed on Thursday to allow military action in Libya will do more to shape the conflict in the coming days.
Earlier today, Qaddafi’s forces continued their attacks on the rebel held city of Benghazi, which has a population of one million. According to news reports the bombings have targeted the Benghazi airport and other strategic locations.
Yesterday, the president of the International Red Cross declared Libya as “engaged in civil war.” Last week, media hedged their bets, referring to escalating violence between pro- and anti-Qaddafi forces as the “brink of civil war.”
Amid the bombs and bloodshed in Libya, it would be easy to overlook the historic action taken ten days ago by the United Nations Security Council. The Council not only condemned human rights violations, ordered a freeze on Libyan assets overseas, imposed an arms embargo and banned travel by Mua
Libyan-American hip hop artist Khaled M has closely followed the fight to oust Muammar Qaddafi. Khaled lives in Chicago but grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, home to a Libyan-American community active in opposition politics.
As fighting continues in and around the Libyan capital of Tripoli, more than 140,000 refugees are reportedly trying to leave the country, and aid workers are struggling to provide them with basic shelter and necessities."We can see acres of people waiting to cross the border," said a U.N.