NATO said Monday that since taking control of military operation for Libya on March 31 a total of 701 sorties and 276 strike sorties have been conducted. Strike sorties are intended to identify and engage appropriate targets, but do not necessarily deploy munitions each time.
Over the past 24 hours, NATO conducted 154 sorties and 58 strike sorties.
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.
A total of 21 ships under NATO command are actively patrolling the Central Mediterranean. NATO said that seven vessels were hailed on Sunday to determine destination and cargo. No boardings were required during the reporting period, NATO said.
According to NATO, a total of 41 vessels have been hailed and 1 boarding has been conducted since the beginning of arms embargo operations.