May 3, 2011 / 3:50 PM / 8 years ago

FACTBOX-Latest military activity in Libya

BRUSSELS, May 3 (Reuters) - Following are the latest available details of military activity in Libya.

* Fighting between rebels and Muammar Gaddafi’s forces is forcing thousands of refugees to flee western Libya on foot to the Tunisian border and by boat to Europe, the United Nations said.

* The International Organisation for Migration called on NATO and Libyan authorities to allow its rescue ship to dock in Misrata port to evacuate 1,000 mainly African migrants and dozens of wounded Libyan civilians.

* NATO carried out air strikes on Tuesday on the Libyan city of Misrata where Gaddafi’S forces have been bombarding the port, a rebel spokesman said.

* Gaddafi’s forces shelled the rebel-held town of Zintan in the Western Mountains on Monday evening, resuming an assault after NATO air strikes overnight, a rebel spokesman said.

* Since NATO took over command of Western air strikes on March 31 military activity in Libya, its aircraft have conducted 4,886 sorties, including 1,980 strike sorties.

* They conducted 158 sorties on Monday, 56 of them strike missions. Strike mission are intended to identify and engage targets but do not always involve the use of munitions.

NATO said targets included:

— Twelve ammunition stores and three self-propelled guns in the Misrata area

— Two armoured personnel carriers in vicinity of Ras Lanuf

— One truck mounted gun and three multiple rocket launchers in vicinity of Brega

— One ammunition store in Zintan area

* Nineteen ships under NATO command are patrolling the central Mediterranean Sea. Six vessels were hailed on Monday to determine destination and cargo. One boarding was conducted but no vessels were diverted.

* A total of 751 vessels have been hailed, 25 boarded and five diverted since the beginning of arms embargo operations.

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