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18-Mar-2011 4:34 PM

Civilian airports in Libya shut down after UN approves no-fly zone

Libya has reportedly closed civilian airports, including Tripoli International Airport and Benina International Airport, after the United Nations Security Council approved a resolution to impose a no-fly zone on Libya (BNONews, 18-Mar-2011). The approved United Nations Security Council Resolution calls for the establishment of a no-fly zone, which bans all flights in the airspace of the Northern African nation. It also allows military intervention to enforce the ban, and calls to take "all necessary measures" to protect civilians and civilian populated areas under threat of Libyan government attack. "The latest information from Malta indicates that [the] Tripoli Area Control Center (ACC) does not accept traffic until further notice," Europol said. Libya has more than 20 civilian airports.