April 29, 2011 / 4:47 PM / in 9 years

FACTBOX-Latest military activity in Libya

BRUSSELS, April 29 (Reuters) - Following are the latest available details of military activity in Libya. For full Reuters coverage of the Libyan conflict, see [ID:nLDE72H00G].

* Forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi fought a gun battle with Tunisian troops in the frontier town of Dehiba on Friday as Libya’s conflict spilled over the border. Pro-Gaddafi forces shelled the town, damaging buildings and wounding at least one resident, and a squad drove into the town in a truck chasing Libyan rebels.

* NATO air strikes hit Gaddafi troops attacking rebel-held Zintan, a rebel spokesman said from there.

* In the rebel stronghold Benghazi, a doctor said shelling by Gaddafi’s forces in the besieged city of Misrata killed 12 people on Thursday, including two women. He said the dead were victims of rocket and mortar fire.

* Oil traders in Asia said on Friday a tanker with the first major oil shipment from rebel-held east Libya is expected to arrive in China next week.

* NATO accused Gaddafi’s forces on Friday of laying mines in Misrata harbour in an attempt to block humanitarian access to the besieged city.

* A NATO official said the alliance was planning an operational shift in the coming days to concentrate on large urban areas which have not recently been top targets.

* Weeks of fighting against Gaddafi have all but emptied the eastern flashpoint town of Ajdabiyah, but some residents are trickling back as confidence strengthens in the rebel army.

* NATO conducted 142 sorties on Thursday, 67 of them intended as strike missions, intended to identify and engage targets, but which do not always involve the use of munitions.

It said targets included:

— One command and control building, one helicopter maintenance area, seven ammunition storage bunkers and five infantry fighting vehicles near Tripoli;

— One ammunition storage facility near Zintan;

— One command and control building near Brega.

* Thursday’s missions brought the total number of sorties conducted by NATO since it took command of western operations on March 31 to 4,242. A total of 1,766 strike sorties were conducted.

* British Brigadier Rob Weighill, NATO’s director of operations in Libya, said on Friday NATO had struck some 600 targets, including 220 government tanks, 70 surface-to-air systems and 200 ammunition facilities.

* Nineteen ships under NATO command are actively patrolling the central Mediterranean Sea. Twenty-four vessels were hailed on Thursday to determine destination and cargo. One boarding were conducted but no vessels were diverted.

* A total of 706 vessels have been hailed, 21 boardings and five diversions have been conducted since the beginning of arms embargo operations.

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