PM defends UK's actions over Libya
David Cameron has backed the UK's handling of the Libya crisis as he stepped in to defend his "excellent" Foreign Secretary William Hague from fresh criticism.
The Prime Minister said his administration had "led the way" on the world stage, including on efforts to pave the way for the imposition of a no-fly zone.
His attempts to deflect Labour claims of incompetence came as Britain announced it would devote £2 million to three Red Cross medical teams to assist 3,000 Libyans affected by violent clashes between rebels and forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi.
Tanks and snipers were reportedly used to drive rebels out of a stronghold in the city of Zawiya - the closest they had come to the capital Tripoli.
Nato foreign ministers will meet in Brussels on Thursday as efforts continue to formulate a global response to the violence - beyond the tough sanctions already imposed by the UN.
EU foreign ministers will also gather in the Belgian city to discuss the crisis ahead of a European Council meeting on Friday which will be attended by the Prime Minister.
Mr Cameron and US President Barack Obama have agreed to push for the "full spectrum of possible responses" to be prepared including a possible no-fly zone to halt air strikes on rebels.
Both countries have stressed the need for the use of any such measures to have international and regional support - with Russia, wielding a UN Security Council veto, opposed to a no-fly zone.
Downing Street said no decisions on launching particular measures - which could also include aerial surveillance, enforcing the existing arms embargo and humanitarian help - would be taken by the Nato meeting but the UK wanted the defence bloc to be "ready to act if the situation requires".
Defence Secretary Liam Fox said Nato allies had to show whether they had the political appetite to put their military muscle to use in resolving the situation in Libya.