April 13, 2011 / 1:07 PM / 9 years ago

NATO says destroyed 16 Libyan tanks on Tuesday

BRUSSELS, April 13 (Reuters) - NATO aircraft destroyed 16 tanks, an anti-aircraft gun and a pickup truck in operations in Libya on Tuesday, the alliance said on Wednesday.

A NATO statement said 12 tanks were destroyed in the vicinity of Misrata, and four tanks, the pickup truck and the anti-aircraft gun southeast of the town of Sirte. NATO aircraft flew 159 sorties, including 60 strike missions, on Tuesday.

NATO said it had conducted a total of 2,038 sorties since taking command of operations in Libya on March 31, of which 832 were strike sorties. NATO defines strike sorties as missions intended to identify and engage targets, but which do not always involve the use of munitions. (Reporting by David Brunnstrom, editing by Rex Merrifield)

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