Update: NATO activities in Libya on May 16


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 6944 sorties, including 2702 strike sorties* have been conducted.

Sorties conducted 16 May: 136
Strike sorties conducted 16 May: 46

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

Key Targets Hit
16 May: In Tripoli: 1 Command & Control Node, 1 Military Training Facility. In the vicinity of Tripoli: 1 Surface-To-Air Fire Control Radar, 2 Land Based Air Surveillance Radars. In the vicinity of Misrata: 1 Self-Propelled Artillery Piece. In the vicinity of Mizdah: 1 Ammunition Storage Facility. In the vicinity of Sabha: 1 Command & Control Node.

Arms Embargo Activities
A total of 21 ships under NATO command are actively patrolling the Central Mediterranean.
5 Vessels were hailed on 16 May to determine destination and cargo. No boarding (no diversion) was conducted.
A total of 941 vessels have been hailed, 40 boardings and 5 diversions have been conducted since the beginning of arms embargo operations.

International Humanitarian Assistance Movements as recorded by NATO
Total of Humanitarian Movements***: 217 (air, ground, maritime)
Ships delivering Humanitarian Assistance 16 May: 4
Aircraft delivering Humanitarian Assistance 16 May: 1

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

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