May 14, 2011 / 12:35 PM / in 8 years

FACTBOX-Latest military activity in Libya

BRUSSELS, May 14 (Reuters) - Following are the latest available details of military activity in Libya:

* Libyan state television carried brief audio tape remarks it said were by Muammar Gaddafi in which he taunted NATO as a cowardly crusader whose bombs could not kill him.

* A NATO air strike on the eastern Libyan city of Brega on Friday which the Libyan government said killed 11 people and wounded 45, was directed against a “command and control bunker”, a NATO statement said.

* President Barack Obama gave his stamp of approval to Libya’s anti-Gaddafi forces on Friday, bringing leaders of the rebel group to the White House where they were deemed credible and legitimate.

* NATO said it conducted 148 air sorties on Friday, 44 of them strike sorties that aim to identify and hit targets but do not always deploy munitions.

* Since NATO took over command of air strikes on March 31, its aircraft have conducted 6,525 sorties, including 2,556 strike sorties

It said key targets on Friday included:

— One command-and-control node in Tripoli

— Two surface-to-air missile launchers and 20 buildings used to store armoured vehicles in the vicinity of Tripoli

— One armoured personnel carrier and four military trucks in the vicinity of Misrata

— Four ammunition stores in the vicinity of al Qaryat

— One military vehicle in the vicinity of Zintan

— Two tanks in the vicinity of Brega

* Twenty ships under NATO command are patrolling the central Mediterranean Sea. On Friday, 15 vessels were hailed to determine their cargo and destination. None was boarded.

* Since the beginning of the arms embargo operations, 920 vessels have been hailed, 37 boarded and five diverted.

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