April 27, 2011 / 2:33 PM / 9 years ago

FACTBOX-Latest military activity in Libya

BRUSSELS, April 27 (Reuters) - Following are the latest available details of military activity in Libya. Full Reuters coverage of the Libyan conflict is on.

* Forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi have started firing mortar rounds at a district in the west of the city of Misrata, a rebel spokesman said on Wednesday.

* The pilot of a United Arab Emirates plane taking part in air operations over Libya was forced to eject while landing at an airbase in Italy, the official UAE news agency said.

* NATO air strikes forced Libyan government forces to withdraw from one of their positions in the besieged city of Misrata overnight but they resumed bombardment of the port area on Wednesday, a rebel spokesman said.

* Gaddafi’s forces fired Russian-made Grad rockets into the centre of the rebel-held town of Zintan, a rebel spokesman in the town told Reuters.

* A ship sent to evacuate a thousand migrants from Misrata docked in the besieged city’s port on Wednesday after spending the night offshore waiting for shelling to ease off, an international aid agency said.

* Rebels and residents said forces loyal to Gaddafi tried to deny rebels in the city of Misrata their only lifeline to the outside world by shelling the port and nearby areas on Tuesday.

* NATO conducted 123 sorties on Tuesday, with 52 intended as strike missions. It said targets included:

— Six military vehicles, seven “technical” vehicles and one surface-to-air missile launcher in the vicinity of Misrata.

— Four tanks; two heavy equipment transporter trucks in the vicinity of Al-Khums.

— One rocket launchers; three military vehicles, in the vicinity of Brega.

— Eight ammunition bunkers in the vicinity of Mizdah.

* A total of 19 ships under NATO command are actively patrolling the central Mediterranean Sea. Twenty-two vessels were hailed on Tuesday to determine destination and cargo. One boarding was conducted by no vessels were diverted.

* A total of 662 vessels have been hailed, 18 boardings and five diversions have been conducted since the beginning of arms embargo operations. (Reporting by David Brunnstrom)

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