July 22 (Reuters) - Following are the latest political and military developments in the Libyan crisis.
* A U.N. peace envoy is suggesting a ceasefire in Libya, to be followed by the immediate creation of a transitional authority made up equally of the government and rebels and excluding Muammar Gaddafi or his sons, a senior European diplomat said.
* Gaddafi on Thursday ruled out talks with the rebels seeking to end his 41-year-rule, casting doubt on a flurry of Western efforts to negotiate an end to a deepening civil conflict.
* Gaddafi urged families and tribal leaders from Misrata to fight to take back Libya’s third-largest city from rebels who have pushed his troops away after more than four months of bitter fighting.
* Military pressure alone may not end Libya’s war, but neither is diplomacy proving to be the fast track to peace that impatient Western powers had hoped. Ineptly deployed, it may even put a brake on the deal-making a resolution will almost certainly require, analysts say.
* Libya has become a new source of smuggled weaponry for Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, a senior Israeli official said on Thursday.
* Chinese President Hu Jintao told his South African counterpart, Jacob Zuma, on Thursday that China will work with the African Union in finding a solution to the Libyan crisis, state news agency Xinhua reported.
* NATO said it conducted 124 air sorties on Thursday, 45 of them strike sorties that aim to identify and hit targets, but do not always deploy munitions.
* NATO said key targets hit on Thursday included:
— One military storage facility in the vicinity of Brega
— One radar in the vicinity of Sirte
— One military storage facility, two surface-to-air-missile launchers and five anti-aircraft guns in the vicinity of Tripoli
— One military storage facility in the vicinity of Waddan
— Three military storage facilities, one military facility, one surface-to-air-missile launcher, one multiple rocket launcher, one tank, one armed vehicle and three military vehicles in the vicinity of Zlitan
* Since NATO took over command of air strikes on March 31, its aircraft have conducted 16,028 sorties, including 6,040 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 Thursday, 21 vessels were hailed to determine destination and cargo. One was boarded but it was not diverted.
A total of 1,860 vessels have been hailed, 180 boarded and nine diverted since the start of the arms embargo. (Reporting by David Brunnstrom)