Factbox: Latest military activity in Libya

Sun May 22, 2011 12:30pm EDT

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(Reuters) - Following are the latest available details of military activity in Libya:

* NATO staged an airstrike near Muammar Gaddafi's compound in Tripoli late on Saturday, and an opposition website said Libyan government forces shelled residential areas outside the rebel-held city of Misrata.

* European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton pledged support for rebels in east Libya on Sunday, making the most senior visit to the area by a foreign official since the revolt against Gaddafi began.

* At least one rebel was killed late on Saturday when rebels clashed with forces loyal to Gaddafi between rebel-held Ajdabiyah and an oil town to the west in the Libyan leader's control, a doctor said.

* Libyans armed with guns and a knife stormed a bus carrying foreign journalists on Saturday and a soldier fired volleys of gunfire into the air to disperse the crowd, a Reuters journalist on the bus said.

* Four French nationals detained by Libyan rebels in the city of Benghazi since May 11 have been set free, the French Foreign Affairs Ministry said on Saturday.

* Residents of Misrata in west Libya searched for food from poorly stocked shops on Sunday and rebels stripped weapons from the carcasses of Gaddafi's armor.

* Since NATO took over command of air strikes on March 31, its aircraft have conducted 7,732 sorties, including 2,975 strike sorties.

* NATO said it conducted 147 air sorties on Saturday, 49 of them strike sorties that aim to identify and hit targets but do not always deploy munitions.

It said key targets on Saturday included:

-- One command-and-control facility in Tripoli

-- One command-and-control facility and one ammunition storage facility in the vicinity of Tripoli

-- One naval asset in the vicinity of Sirte

-- Two land-based air defense radars in the vicinity of Al Khums

-- One tank and one military truck in the vicinity of Zintan

* Twenty-one ships under NATO command are patrolling the central Mediterranean Sea to enforce a U.N. arms embargo. On Saturday, 10 vessels were hailed to determine destination and cargo.

* Since the beginning of the arms embargo operations, 1002 vessels have been hailed, 47 boarded and seven diverted.

(Reporting by David Brunnstrom)

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