NATO, meanwhile, was struggling with its own internal divisions, having been blocked so far by member Turkey from participating in enforcing a no-fly zone over Libya.
Support from the Arab League had been critical to international action against Gadhafi’s regime. But on Sunday, hours after the international operation began, the league’s chief was quoted as telling reporters in Cairo that it should not have included attacks on targets on the ground.
"What happened differs from the no-fly zone objectives," Amr Moussa was said. "What we want is civilians’ protection not shelling more civilians."