July 13, 2011 / 1:59 PM / 7 years ago

FACTBOX-Latest developments in Libyan conflict

July 13 (Reuters) - Following are the latest political and military developments in the Libyan crisis.

* Forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi on Wednesday retook a village south of the capital seized by rebels a week ago, delivering a set-back to rebel plans for a march on Tripoli.

* Libyan rebels have held no negotiations so far with Gaddafi’s government on a solution to their five-month conflict, a senior rebel official said on Wednesday.

* Some European NATO members are not pulling their weight in the Libyan air campaign, Britain’s defence minister said on Wednesday in one of his strongest attacks yet on the alliance.

* Defence Secretary Liam Fox said Britain’s military was being stretched by the near four-month U.N.-mandated Libya campaign and that he would seek to shift more of the strain to others in the 28-member NATO alliance.

* Rebel leaders met NATO officials in Brussels.

* Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands have recognised the Libyan rebel council based in Benghazi as the legitimate representative of Libyans, officials said on Wednesday.

* NATO said it conducted 127 air sorties on Tuesday, 35 of them strike sorties that aim to identify and hit targets but do not always deploy munitions.

* NATO said key targets hit on Tuesday included:

— One military storage facility near Brega;

— Two multiple rocket launchers and one armed vehicle near Misrata;

— One armoured personnel carrier near Sirte;

— One radar and five surface-to-air-missile launchers.

* Since NATO took over command of air strikes on March 31, its aircraft have conducted 14,931 sorties, including 5,623 strike sorties. NATO members participating in air strikes in Libya include 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 Tuesday, 20 vessels were hailed to determine destination and cargo. Four were boarded but none diverted.

A total of 1,743 vessels have been hailed, 164 boarded and nine diverted since the start of the arms embargo. (Reporting by Justyna Pawlak)

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