Ten Council members voted in favor of the resolution Thursday with no votes against it. Five members -- Brazil, China, Germany, India, and Russia -- abstained. The resolution authorizes U.N. members to take "all necessary measures" to protect civilians, including a ban on all flights over Libya.
The resolution expresses grave concern at the deteriorating situation in Libya, where rebels have been trying to topple long-time leader Moammar Gadhafi with deadly results. It also calls for an immediate cease-fire and a total end to all violence against civilians.