8:45pm: German chancellor Angela Merkel says Gaddafi’s speech was “very, very frightening” – and she is in favour of sanctions against his administration. Further international reactions currently emerging include Chile speaking of its “extreme concern for the evolution of the political situation and the use of force in Libya”.
8:42pm More on US senator John Kerry’s statement – during which he said Gaddafi’s actions were “beyond despicable”. Libya’s “use of deadly force against its own people should mean the end of the regime itself. It’s beyond despicable, and I hope we are witnessing its last hours in power.” He said all international oil companies “should immediately cease operations in Libya until violence against civilians ceases”.