- France has announced it is sending two planes with humanitarian aid to the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi.
Francois Fillon, the French prime minister, said the planes would leave "in a few hours" for Benghazi with doctors, nurses, medicines and medical equipment.
"It will be the beginning of a massive operation of humanitarian support for the populations of liberated territories," he told RTL radio.
- The Reuters news agency reports opponents of the Libyan leader have held off an attack by pro-government forces and shot down a military aircraft near the town of Misurata.
An aircraft was shot down this morning while it was firing on the local radio station. Protesters captured its crew," Reuters reported, citing a witness, Mohamed.
"Fighting to control the military air base (near Misurata) started last night and is still going on. Gaddafi's forces control only a small part of the base. Protesters control a large part of this base where there is ammunition."
"Misurata is still under the control of the protesters," he said.
Russia's foreign minister Sergei Lavrov is addressing the Council meeting now. He said the use of military force against civilians in Libya is unacceptable.
One resident tells AP that the price of rice, a main staple, has gone up 500 per cent, reaching the equivalent of $40 for a five kilogram bag.