U.N. Approves No-Fly Zone; Gadhafi Forces Advance Libya's defense minister threatened that any Western airstrikes would endanger air and sea traffic in the Mediterranean. And it's not clear that grounding Moammar Gadhafi's air force, if that happens, will halt his ground advances, which have been backed mostly by his tanks, rockets and artillery. The U.N. is set to vote Thursday evening.
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U.N. Approves No-Fly Zone; Gadhafi Forces Advance

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U.N. Approves No-Fly Zone; Gadhafi Forces Advance

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MICHELE NORRIS, Host:

NPR's Eric Westervelt was near the border earlier today and he sent us this report.

ERIC WESTERVELT: Mubaker Abdul Hamid sits in his nearly empty cafe and restaurant in the dusty Libyan border town of Musaed, smoking, drinking tea and staring at Arabic TV reports of the day's fighting. He looks tense, a little nervous. Abdul Hamid says he worries incessantly about his family back in Benghazi and about the revolution Libyans here in the east started and now say they can't finish without Western intervention.

MUBAKER ABDUL HAMID: (Foreign language spoken)

WESTERVELT: When you talk to people, many say that they are still supportive of the revolution and the rebels and hope they prevail, and they want a no-fly zone from the U.N. and the U.S. But these people seem eager to get out of the country and get to safety. They're fearful, and they want to get out.

(SOUNDBITE OF CAR HORN)

WESTERVELT: Unidentified Man: (Foreign language spoken)

WESTERVELT: Astrid Van Genderen Stort is with the UNHCR.

ASTRID VAN GENDEREN STORT: If Benghazi falls and if the road to the border is not cut off, we can see a large influx of people. We already see a large influx of people. We're prepositioning material - blankets, food, plastic sheeting, whatever - mats - whatever is needed for a large influx.

WESTERVELT: Back in the Libyan border town, businessman Mustafa Saleem is heading east with his family. He says he'll wait for a U.N. vote on a no-fly zone inside Egypt.

MUSTAFA SALEEM: (Foreign language spoken)

WESTERVELT: Eric Westervelt, NPR News, Musaed, Libya.

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