May 7, 2011 / 2:45 PM / 8 years ago

FACTBOX-Latest military activity in Libya

BRUSSELS, May 7 (Reuters) - Following are the latest available details of military activity in Libya:

* NATO said aircraft under its command conducted 149 sorties on Friday, including 56 “strike” sorties designed to hit military assets. Among the targets were tanks, ammunition storage depots, military trucks and “command and control” facilities in and around Sirte and Ras Lanuf.

* Amnesty International on Friday reported indiscriminate attacks by Gaddafi forces in the besieged city of Misrata, including the use of snipers, cluster bombs and artillery in civilian areas, saying it could constitute war crimes.

* Russia on Friday said that it opposes any foreign ground operation in Libya and criticised a Western-led grouping that has pledged aid to the rebels fighting Muammar Gaddafi’s government forces.

* A coalition of Western and Arab countries has agreed to provide Libyan rebels with millions of dollars in aid to help them in their campaign to drive out Gaddafi.

* The Libyan government rejected U.S. plans to unblock its frozen assets and give them to rebels fighting Gaddafi, saying such a move was piracy and would undermine the global financial system.

* More than a dozen mortar rounds fired from Libya landed near the Tunisian border town of Dehiba on Thursday, a Tunisian security source said, as Libyan government troops fought rebels in the Western Mountains.

* Since NATO took over command of air strikes on March 31, its aircraft have conducted 5,510 sorties, including 2,204 strike sorties.

* Twenty ships under NATO command are patrolling the central Mediterranean Sea. On Friday, 12 vessels were hailed to determine their cargo and destination. One was boarded but it was not diverted.

* Since the beginning of the arms embargo operations, 836 vessels have been hailed, 32 boarded and 5 diverted. (Editing by Andrew Heavens)

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