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article imageDavid Cameron announces proposal for no-fly zone over Libya

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By Jane Fazackarley     Mar 1, 2011 in Politics
Just a day after David Cameron called on Colonel Gaddhaffi to go, the British Prime Minister has hinted at the possibility of using "military assets" and implementing a no-fly zone over Libya.
Speaking in the House of Commons yesterday David Cameron said:
"We do not in any way rule out the use of military assets. We must not tolerate this regime using military force against its own people. In that context I have asked the Ministry of Defence and the Chief of the Defence Staff to work with our allies on plans for a military no-fly zone."
"It is clear that this is an illegitimate regime that has lost the consent of its people. My message to Colonel Gaddhaffi is simple: Go now."
David Cameron also gave details of how the British government had frozen the assets of Gaddhaffi and five of his family members. In addition, the Prime Minister stated that " the Treasury has stepped in to block a shipment of some £900m in banknotes destined for Libya."
As part of the speech, the Prime Minister spoke of a number of other actions that have been taken by the Government against Libya which include travel bans. David Cameron also stated "We will look at each and every way of stepping up pressure on this regime."
The United States has taken a tough stance too. On February 25,President Obama signed an executive order (PDF) which details the sanctions imposed on Libya
During David Cameron's speech, which also detailed the evacuation of Britons from Libya, the Prime Minister outlined the humanitarian crisis, which could continue to grow without a resolution to the unrest in Libya, and stated that Britain would be flying out tents and blankets to be used at the Tunisian border.
The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) say the situation at the Libya-Tunisia border is at 'crisis point'. 14,000 refugees fleeing from Libya had crossed the border on Monday and the UNHCR said that they expect up to 15,000 to cross today.
Ayman Gharaibeh, head of the UNHCR emergency response team, said:
"We can see acres of people waiting to cross the border. Many have been waiting for three to four days in the freezing cold, with no shelter or food."
"Usually the first three days of the crisis are the worst. This seems to be getting worse by the day," he added.
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