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    The European Union approved on Thursday additional sanctions against Libya, a member of the Hungarian representation at the Council of the European Union said.

    The European Union approved on Thursday additional sanctions against Libya, a member of the Hungarian representation at the Council of the European Union said.

    In late February, the European Union imposed a travel ban on 26 Libyan officials, including the country's leader, Muammar Gaddafi, and his five family members, and froze their European assets over the use of violence against peaceful protesters in mid-February.

    According to the Hungarian diplomat, the new sanctions stipulate a freeze of the European assets of five Libyan organizations. In addition, one more person has also been added to the list of Libyan officials banned from traveling to Europe, he said.

    He did not specify which organizations were included in the blacklist, and did not name the 27th banned Libyan official.

    The unrest in Libya has already claimed the lives of several thousand people, with fierce clashes between insurgents and pro-Gaddafi forces continuing in the country's east where many major cities and towns have been taken over by rebels.

    NATO and the European Union are holding a meeting in Brussels on Thursday to discuss the possible implementation of a no-fly zone over Libya, which would prevent pro-Gaddafi troops from carrying out airstrikes against insurgents.

     

    BRUSSELS, March 10 (RIA Novosti)

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