ZAWIYA, Libya AP — Hundreds of armed anti-government forces backed by rebel troops who control the city closest to the capital Tripoli prepared Sunday to repel an expected offensive by forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi surrounding Zawiya. An Associated Press reporter who reached Zawiya, 30 miles 50 kilometers west of Tripoli, confirmed the anti-government rebels are in control of the center of the city of 200,000.
The full text of resolution 1970 (2011) reads as follows:
“The Security Council,
“Expressing grave concern at the situation in the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya and condemning the violence and use of force against civilians, “Deploring the gross and systematic violation of human rights, including the repression of peaceful demonstrators, expressing deep concern at the deaths of civilians, and rejecting unequivocally the incitement to hostility and violence against the civilian population made from the highest level of the Libyan government,
As Libyan anti-government forces massed in a city outside Tripoli ready for an expected offensive, U.S. President Barack Obama called on Muammar Gaddafi to leave power immediately, saying that after his violent crackdown he had lost the legitimacy to rule.