The United Nations Security Council has slapped Moammar Gadhafi’s regime with sanctions following the latter’s violent crackdown against protesters. The council on Feb. 26 approved a resolution that includes an arms embargo, asset freeze and travel bans for Gadhafi and several of his key allies, CNN reports.

The Swiss government also announced Feb. 24 it has blocked Gadhafi’s assets in Switzerland, while the U.S. government has suspended the operations of its embassy in Libya.

The European Union imposed sanctions against Gadhafi’s regime Feb. 28 including an assets freeze, travel ban and arms embargo, The Washington Times reports. Meantime, Germany has suggested an international freeze on all oil payments to Libya for 60 days, German paper The Local reports.

Italy has also suspended the “friendship treaty” it signed with Libya three years ago following the violation of a nonaggression clause amid the political violence sweeping the Arab nation, CNN reports.

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