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British Ambassador to the United Nations Mark Lyall Grant and American Ambassador Susan Rice vote. Mary Altaffer/AP/Press Association Images

UN votes to impose sanctions on Gaddafi

The United Nations votes for sanctions and to refer the Libyan leader to the International Criminal Court to face a charge of possible crimes against humanity.

THE UNITED NATIONS Security Council has unanimously voted to refer Col Muammar Gaddafi to the International Criminal Court to face a charge of possible crimes against humanity.

The UN also voted to impose military and financial sanctions against Gaddafi and his regime, passing travel bans and orders to freeze the assets of the leader and his family, reports the Washington Post. The BBC adds that a complete arms embargo on Libya will also be enforced.

“This gross violation of human rights will not be tolerated”, said the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon.

Meanwhile, a boat believed to be carrying six Irish nationals evacuated from Libya is expected to arrive in Greece this morning.

Yesterday, five Irish nationals and two non-Irish children were evacuated from the country on the government jet. They arrived safely at Dublin’s Baldonnel airport.

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