UPDATE: Qaddafi's Libya backs down and declares ceasefire rather than face France and UK in a war The serious threat of serious force appears to have worked.
The action came as the Libyan leader was poised to make a final push against rebels holding out in Bengazhi, Libya's second largest city.
The vote in the 15-member council was 10-0 with five abstentions, including Russia and China.
The United States, France and Britain had pushed for speedy approval.
French Prime Minister Francois Fillon said if the resolution was approved, France would support military action against Gadhafi within hours. The U.S. said it was preparing for action. Several Arab nations were expected to provide backup.
The Libyan rebels are outgunned so just a no fly zone is not enough. They will have to attack Libya tanks and ground forces.
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