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(Reuters) - Following are the latest political and military developments in the Libyan crisis.
* Explosions hit Tripoli at about 1 a.m. (7 p.m. EDT) on Sunday, a day after NATO launched strikes on what it said was a military command site in Libya's capital.
* Britain said weeks of NATO bombardment had inflicted extensive damage on Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's heavily-fortified compound in Tripoli.
* Britain's Major General Nick Pope, chief of the defense staff's communications officer, said Royal Air Force aircraft struck the high perimeter walls of Gaddafi's Bab al-Aziziyah complex, which he said is Gaddafi's personal residence and main headquarters.
* Pope said RAF jets on patrol near Zlitan successfully struck four buildings Saturday, which NATO surveillance had identified as command and control centers and staging posts, as well as hitting an ammunition stockpile.
* Germany will lend Libya's rebel council 100 million euros ($143 million) for civil and humanitarian purposes, Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said Sunday.
* A European diplomat said a U.N. envoy would seek to persuade warring parties in Libya to accept a plan that envisages a ceasefire and a power-sharing government but with no role for Gaddafi.
* Gaddafi's foreign minister, Abdelati Obeidi, left Cairo on Sunday after a three-day visit without making any comment.
* Algeria denied charges late Saturday that a Libyan ship unloaded weapons for Gaddafi's troops at one of its ports. The United States urged Algeria, if it was aware of the shipment, to stop it from reaching Gaddafi's forces.
* The main hospital in rebel-held Misrata said one man had been killed and five wounded Sunday.
* Fighting briefly broke out in the western mountains where rebels have captured large swathes of territory.
* Witnesses said a group of civilian cars left the pro-Gaddafi town of Asaba, followed by Gaddafi's troops, and stormed toward Qawalish before pulling back and shelling rebels from a distance.
* NATO said it conducted 163 air sorties Sunday, 43 of them strike sorties that aim to identify and hit targets but do not always deploy munitions.
* NATO said key targets hit Sunday included:
-- One military storage facility near Brega;
-- One tank and one multiple rocket launcher near Gharyan;
-- One surface-to-air missile launcher, one military storage facility and one tank near Tripoli;
-- One ammunition storage facility near Waddan;
-- One tank near Zintan;
-- Two ammunition storage facilities and one command and control node near Zlitan.
* Since NATO took over command of air strikes on March 31, its aircraft have conducted 16,444 sorties, including 6,185 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 Sunday, 19 vessels were hailed to determine destination and cargo. One was boarded but it was not diverted.
A total of 1,926 vessels have been hailed, 184 boarded and nine diverted since the start of the arms embargo.
Reporting by Alysha Love; Editing by Karolina Tagaris