May 9, 2011 / 11:58 AM / 9 years ago

FACTBOX-Latest military activity in Libya

BRUSSELS, May 9 (Reuters) - Following are the latest available details of military activity in Libya:

* Libyan rebels engaged in fierce battle with forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi near the airport in the western city of Misrata on Sunday as NATO planes targeted government ammunition stores on another front in the war.

* NATO said its aircraft carried out 159 sorties on Sunday, including 64 “strike” sorties that aim to identify and hit targets but do not always deploy munitions.

* NATO said it was investigating a newspaper report that alliance units failed to help a drifting boat carrying African migrants from Libya, leading to the deaths of 62 people from thirst and hunger.

* Shelling by Gaddafi’s forces is choking off supplies to rebel-held Misrata, leaving only enough food and water for about a month, an insurgent spokesman said on Sunday.

* The head of NATO said on Sunday he was optimistic that Gaddafi’s “time is over”, but said the conflict would require a political — not military — solution.

* NATO air strikes hit government weapons depots near Zintan, southwest of the Libyan capital, a rebel spokesman in the town told Reuters on Sunday.

* Since NATO took over command of air strikes on March 31, its aircraft have conducted 5,822 sorties, including 2,326 strike sorties.

It said key targets on Sunday included:

— Four ammunition stores in the vicinity of Zintan

— One command-and-control facility in the vicinity of Ajdabiyah

— Five rocket launchers; one self-propelled artillery piece; one truck- mounted gun and three buildings hosting attacking forces in the vicinity of Misrata

— Twenty six ammunition stores and 16 vehicles in the vicinity of Hun

— Eight military vehicles in the vicinity of Brega

— Two ammunition stores in the vicinity of Al-Aziziyah

— Two operational sites on a military base in the vicinity of Tripoli

* Twenty ships under NATO command are patrolling the central Mediterranean Sea. On Sunday, 12 vessels were hailed to determine their cargo and destination. Two were boarded but neither was diverted.

* Since the beginning of the arms embargo operations, 864 vessels have been hailed, 34 boarded and 5 diverted.

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