April 28, 2011 / 11:18 AM / in 7 years

FACTBOX-Latest military activity in Libya

BRUSSELS, April 28 (Reuters) - Following are the latest available details of military activity in Libya.

* The United States took steps to throw a financial lifeline to rebels controlling eastern Libya while forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi focused their firepower on pockets of resistance in the west.

* Rebels said Gaddafi’s forces fired Russian-made Grad rockets, which rights groups say should not be used in civilian areas, at the rebel-held western towns of Misrata and Zintan, following NATO strikes to free Misrata’s port.

* Remoter areas of western Libya also came under fire from forces loyal to the Libyan leader, who is trying to break the uprising against his four-decade rule that has put most of the east in rebel hands since it began in mid-February.

* Gaddafi’s forces clashed with rebels in the desert town of Kufra in Libya’s remote southeast, Al Jazeera television reported on Thursday.

* Seven rebel fighters in the city of Misrata were killed overnight when government forces hit their checkpoint with artillery fire and rockets, a local doctor said.

* Russia is not planning to request an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council to discuss what Moscow has called Western aggression in Libya, Itar-TASS news agency quoted a Foreign Ministry official as saying on Thursday.

* NATO conducted 119 sorties on Wednesday, with 41 intended as strike missions. NATO defines strike sorties as missions intended to identify and engage targets, but which do not always involve the use of munitions.

It said targets included:

-- One communications facility, two vehicle storage buildings and one surface-to-air missile storage facility near Tripoli;

-- Two rocket launchers, 2 artillery vehicles and one armoured personnel carrier in the vicinity of Misrata;

-- Seven ammunition storage bunkers near Mizdah;

-- Twelve ammunition storage bunkers near Sirte.

* Wednesday’s missions brought the total number of sorties conducted by NATO since it took command of western operations on March 31 to 4,100. A total of 1,699 strike sorties were conducted.

* Nineteen ships under NATO command are actively patrolling the central Mediterranean Sea. Twenty vessels were hailed on Wednesday to determine destination and cargo. Two boardings were conducted but no vessels were diverted.

* A total of 682 vessels have been hailed, 20 boardings and five diversions have been conducted since the beginning of arms embargo operations. (Reporting by Justyna Pawlak; Editing by Rex Merrifield)

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