Update: NATO activities in Libya on May 18


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 7262 sorties, including 2808 strike sorties* have been conducted.

Sorties conducted 18 May: 159
Strike sorties conducted 18 May: 53

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

Key Targets Hit
18 May: In the vicinity of Tripoli: 1 Military Training Facility. In the vicinity of Zuwarah: 3 Command & Control Nodes. In the vicinity of Misrata: 2 Tanks, 1 Self-Propelled Artillery Piece. In the vicinity of Mizdah: 1 Ammunition Storage Facility.

Arms Embargo Activities
A total of 21 ships under NATO command are actively patrolling the Central Mediterranean.
14 Vessels were hailed on 18 May to determine destination and cargo. 2 boardings (no diversion) were conducted.
A total of 968 vessels have been hailed, 43 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***: 227 (air, ground, maritime)
Ships delivering Humanitarian Assistance 18 May: 4
Aircraft delivering Humanitarian Assistance 18 May: 2

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

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