July 9, 2011 / 10:34 AM / 9 years ago

FACTBOX-Latest developments in Libyan conflict

July 9 (Reuters) - Following are the latest political and military developments in the Libyan crisis.

* Muammar Gaddafi threatened on Friday to send hundreds of Libyans to launch attacks in Europe in revenge for the NATO-led military campaign against him, while rebels came under heavy fire as they renewed their push against his forces.

* Traders said on Friday oil companies in the Mediterranean are seeking at least 70,000 tonnes of jet fuel for delivery to Greece, Tunisia and Turkey, highlighting a rise in regional demand for the product and a standstill of exports from Libya.

* NATO warplanes bombed forces loyal to Gaddafi in the Western Mountains on Friday on the front line to which they retreated two days ago when rebels advanced.

* Hundreds of African migrants have been flown from government-controlled southern Libya to the capital of Chad — the first air evacuation by the International Organisation for Migration since the Libyan war broke out.

* Five Libyan rebels were killed and 17 wounded in fighting with Gaddafi’s forces near Misrata on Friday.

* Turkey has frozen $1 billion worth of Libyan central bank reserves deposited in Turkish banks, Turkey’s Star newspaper reported on Friday, citing Turkish foreign and economy ministry officials.

* NATO said it conducted 140 air sorties on Friday, 49 of them strike sorties that aim to identify and hit targets but do not always deploy munitions.

* NATO said key targets hit on Friday included:

— One tank near Brega

— One artillery piece, one multiple rocket launcher near Misrata

— Two military storage facilities, two surface-to-air missile launchers, one radar, four command and control buildings near Tripoli

— One military storage facility near Waddan

— Four armed vehicles near Yafran

— One tank near Zlitan

— One command and control facility near Zintan

* Since NATO took over command of air strikes on March 31, its aircraft have conducted 14,421 sorties, including 5,437 strike sorties. NATO members taking part in air strikes in Libya are France, Britain, Canada, Denmark, Norway, Belgium, Italy and the United States.

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

A total of 1,686 vessels have been hailed, 158 boarded and nine diverted since the start of the arms embargo. (Reporting by David Brunnstrom)

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