Update: NATO activities in Libya on April 17


From NATO:  Over the past 24 hours, NATO has conducted the following activities associated with Operation UNIFIED PROTECTOR :

Air Operations
Since the beginning of the NATO operation (31 March 2011, 08.00GMT) a total of 2,771 sorties and 1,110 strike sorties* have been conducted.

Sorties conducted 17 April: 145
Strike sorties conducted 17 April: 60

*Strike sorties are intended to identify and engage appropriate targets, but do not necessarily deploy munitions each time.

Key Targets and Engagements**
17 April: In the vicinity of Tripoli: Seven ammunition bunkers destroyed. In the vicinity of Misrata: Four air defense radars destroyed. In the vicinity of Sirte: Two hangars; one ammunition depot destroyed. In the vicinity of Zintan: Four launchers; one air defense radar; one ammunition storage facility destroyed.

**Key Engagements are not intended to give a complete account of all targets which were engaged.

Arms Embargo Activities
A total of 18 ships under NATO command are actively patrolling the Central Mediterranean.
22 Vessels were hailed on 17 April to determine destination and cargo. 1 boarding was conducted (no diversion).
A total of 384 vessels have been hailed, 10 boardings and 3 diversions have been conducted since the beginning of arms embargo operations.

International Humanitarian Assistance Movements as recorded by NATO
Total of Humanitarian Movements***: 76 (air, ground, maritime)
Ships delivering Humanitarian Assistance 17 April: 2 executed and 5 in execution.
Aircraft delivering Humanitarian Assistance 17 April: 3

*** Some humanitarian movements cover several days.  (graphic: NATO)

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