Operational Media Update for 13 April
14 April. JFC Naples, SHAPE, NATO HQ
On March 27, NATO decided to take control over all military operations for Libya under United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1970 & 1973. The aim of Operation UNIFIED PROTECTOR is to protect civilians and civilian-populated areas under attack or threat of attack.
The mission consists of three elements: an arms embargo, a no-fly-zone and actions to protect civilians from attack or the threat of attack.
Over the past 24 hours, NATO has conducted the following activities associated with Operation UNIFIED PROTECTOR:
Since the beginning of the NATO operation (31 March 2011, 08.00GMT) a total of 2,191 sorties and 890 strike sorties* have been conducted.
Sorties conducted 13 April: 153 Strike sorties conducted 13 April: 58
*Strike sorties are intended to identify and engage appropriate targets, but do not necessarily deploy munitions each time.
Key Targets and Engagements**
13 April: Thirteen bunkers, one Tank and one Amoured Personnel Carrier destroyed in the vicinity of Tripoli. Three Multiple Rocket Launchers destroyed in the vicinity of Brega.
**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. 18 Vessels were hailed on 13 April to determine destination and cargo. 3 boardings were conducted. A total of 316 vessels have been hailed and 9 boardings have been conducted since the beginning of arms embargo operations.
International Humanitarian Assistance Movements as recorded by NATO
Total of Humanitarian Movements***: 57 (air, ground, maritime) Ships delivering Humanitarian Assistance 13 April: 2 executed and 7 in execution. Aircraft delivering Humanitarian Assistance 13 April: 2
*** Some humanitarian movements cover several days.
Command and Control
NATO’s operational commander for Operation Unified Protector is Lieutenant-General Charles Bouchard of the Canadian Air Force. His office and staff is located at the Allied Joint Force Command in Naples.
[Source: NATO AND Libya, OTAN, Brussels, 14Apr11]
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