May 31, 2011 / 10:12 AM / in 8 years

FACTBOX-Latest military activity in Libya

May 31 (Reuters) - Following are the latest available details of military activity in Libya.

* Under pressure from a new round of defections, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi renewed a ceasefire call in talks with an African mediator but gave no sign he will heed Western-led demands that he step down.

* South African President Jacob Zuma made little apparent headway towards brokering a peace deal in talks with Gaddafi on Monday as eight army officers became the latest senior figures to break with the Libyan leader.

* Libyan state television broadcast footage of Gaddafi greeting Zuma, the first time he has been seen in public since May 11.

* A video posted on the Internet on Monday shows hundreds of angry funeral mourners chanting slogans against Gaddafi, in what activists said was proof that protests were growing in the capital.

* Gaddafi’s rule is in its final stages, top NATO officials said on Monday, and the alliance might consider sending a small force into Libya once he leaves power.

* NATO said it conducted 158 air sorties on Monday, 58 of them strike sorties that aim to identify and hit targets but do not always deploy munitions.

It said key targets hit on Monday included:

— One vehicle storage facility in vicinity of Tripoli, two surface-to-air missile launchers, one target-acquisition radar in the vicinity of Tripoli

— One ammunition store in the vicinity of Mizdah

— One command-and-control node, three truck-mounted guns, three tanks, three heavy equipment transports, one surface-to-air missile launcher in the vicinity of Misrata

— One ammunition store in the vicinity of Hun

— One surface-to-air missile launcher, two target acquisition radars in the vicinity of Zintan

— One artillery piece in the vicinity of Brega

— One command-and-control node in the vicinity of Ras Lanuf

— Britain said Royal Air Force Tornado and Typhoon ground attack aircraft destroyed a main battle tank near Jadu on Saturday, and on Sunday engaged a multiple rocket launcher and support vehicles south of Zlitan. It said further RAF patrols near Zlitan on Monday hit five heavy transporters carrying main battle tanks.

* Since NATO took over command of air strikes on March 31, its aircraft have conducted 9,036 sorties, including 3,443 strike sorties.

* Nineteen ships under NATO command are patrolling the central Mediterranean Sea to enforce a U.N. arms embargo. On Monday, 11 vessels were hailed to determine destination and cargo. One was boarded but not diverted.

* Since the start of the arms embargo operations, 1,104 vessels have been hailed, 61 boarded and seven diverted.

Reporting by David Brunnstrom; Editing by Michael Roddy

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