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LIBYA: U.N. official says a no-fly zone may be necessary to protect civilians

February 23, 2011 |  9:48 am

Navi Pillay The international community may need to impose a no-fly zone over Libya to protect residents from attacks by government aircraft, a top United Nation's official told the Associated Press Wednesday.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said that if unconfirmed reports of aerial attacks against civilians are verified, "I think there's an immediate need for that level of protection."

Pillay said she was "appalled" by the level of violence because protesters are only demanding basic human rights.


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Photo: U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay addresses reporters at a news conference in Brussels Wednesday. Credit: Reuters