The majority of States in the Arab League backed the idea of a no fly zone, but the support was not unanimous. Syria and Algeria gave dissenting votes to the idea.
A report indicates that the Arab League supports the idea of a no fly zone, but rejects the idea of a full scale military intervention. The consent of the Arab League was one of the pieces in the puzzle that NATO needed to get full legal authorization, which also includes the African Union and a resolution by the United Nations.
Whileof the UK and Nicola Sarkozy, France have pushed for the idea, they have been unable to garner support from the EU and NATO. France has also recognized the Lybia Interim Governing Council.
The vote and backing by the Arab League further isolates Muammed Gadaffi and should provide food for thought to those military leaders and members of his regime of the consequences of supporting him.
Despite the the latest developments, Gadaffi's forces have recaptured many of the areas taken by the Rebels, including the oil port of Ras Lanuf. Reports have also suggested that the Rebel front line has been pushed back towards the town of Uqaylah.
The Arab League has also said that it would meet with representatives of the new governing council.
The request for a no fly zone will now be presented to the UN. If a no fly zone were authorized it would permit the shooting down of any of Gadaffi's air assets. Presumably it would also require a neutralizing attack on his ground to air systems.
Russia has in the past expressed serious reservations on a no fly zone. It could use its veto to prevent the passing of a resolution.
Regardless how this goes in the UN, Gadaffi now has a clear message from the Arab States that they no longer consider him the legitimate leader of Libya. Whether he takes heed, remains to be seen.