By CNN Wire Staff
An agreement has been reached in the U.N. Security Council to release $1.5 billion in frozen Libyan assets to meet the humanitarian needs of the country, diplomats said Thursday.
"Today's action demonstrates the international community's solidarity with the brave people of Libya at this historic moment," said Susan E. Rice, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, in a statement.
"The unprecedented international coalition built upon U.N. Security Council Resolutions 1970 and 1973 prevented mass atrocities in eastern Libya, averted large-scale killings of unarmed civilians and avoided a catastrophic humanitarian crisis. Yet this is not the end of Libya's transition. It is the beginning. The United States will continue to work with our international partners to support the Libyan people as they chart a democratic, prosperous and secure future for their country."
By the CNN Wire Staff
The battle for Tripoli continued Tuesday, with the whereabouts of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi still not known. Here are the latest developments.
– Mahmoud Jibril, a leader of the rebels' National Transitional Council, told reporters Tuesday that it was important to unify the country and begin a smooth transition immediately. "We're all Libyans and we're all sons of this nation," he said. "There is no need for any score settling."
– Jibril described rebels' entrance into Gadhafi's compound Tuesday as a significant symbolic step that "finalized" the rebels' victory, and he described Saif al-Islam Gadhafi's appearance at the Rixos Hotel as a "desperate," Hollywood-style "attempt to steal the revolution."
–Jibril said a meeting of international leaders Wednesday would focus on organizing aid for Libya. The meeting will include officials from the NTC, the United States, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Italy, France, the United Kingdom and Turkey, he said. The aid money would go toward paying salaries for Libyans and covering medical treatment for those injured in the fighting, he said.
– Bullets were fired into Moammar Gadhafi's compound Tuesday evening, and Libyan rebels told CNN it was coming from Gadhafi forces. A CNN team had to evacuate the compound after bullets came shooting nearby. People began to run and flee the area. The events came hours after rebels seized control of the compound.