Europe air traffic agency: Libya closes airspace

BRUSSELS (AP) -- Europe's air traffic control agency says Libya has closed its airspace to all traffic.

The move Friday comes a day after the U.N. Security Council authorized a no-fly zone over Libya and "all necessary measures" to stop strongman Moammar Gadhafi from launching attacks on his own people. The United States, France and Britain are now discussing how to enforce the no-fly zone.

In a brief statement to airlines on Friday, Eurocontrol said, "The latest information from Malta indicates that Tripoli (air control center) does not accept traffic."

The agency's map of air traffic over Europe and the Mediterranean showed that Libyan air space was off limits.

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