EU Approves Sanctions Against Libya

By Raf Casert | February 28, 2011 | 10:07 AM EST

Brussels (AP) - The European Union has agreed on sanctions against Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi, including an arms embargo, asset freeze and visa ban.

Monday's decision was made by the EU ambassadors meeting to assess the rapidly deteriorating situation in the north African nation, two EU sources said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision still had to be announced officially.

The move came after days of increasing protest against the hundreds of deaths caused by Gadhafi military resistance against the popular uprising in his country.

The measures are aimed at reinforcing Saturday's U.N. Security Council measures. The EU also includes measures to ban sale of any equipment that might be used for repression by Gadhafi.