Libya: World powers must act now

March 9, 2011 - 0:0

The situation in Libya has reached a critical stage as the lives of more innocent civilians are at risk given the current stand-off between government forces and the rebels. This has to end and it is the international community's responsibility and moral obligation to do something about it.

The Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) has called on the UN Security Council to protect civilians in Libya. “We call on the international community, especially the UN Security Council, to face their responsibilities in helping the dear people of Libya,” Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Foreign Minister, said.
The PGCC's call for a no-fly zone is perhaps the first clear and solid stance by a regional bloc and it is not without a reason. In the protracted fighting between pro-Gaddafi forces and the rebels, many Libyans are being killed simply because they are within the vicinity of the attacks.
Furthermore, the fighting is unequal given that rebels are trying to fight off air strikes. These brutal measures adopted by the Libyan regime make it crucial for the international community to act now.
The no-fly zone will ensure that civilians are protected and the much needed aid is delivered to the country