New York: London: Tripoli:
17:00 NATO Coalition aircraft conducted 154 sorties on May the 5th, 57 of which were intended as strike sorties. Some of the targets include: In the vicinity of Zintan: 9 Ammunition Storages, 3 Tanks, 2 Armoured Fighting Vehicles, 2 Rocket
Launchers, 2 Truck-Mounted Guns, 1 Resupply Facility. In the vicinity of Sirte: 8 Ammunition Storages. In
the vicinity of Brega: 3 Rocket Launchers. In the vicinity of Mizdah: 3 Ammunition Storages. In the vicinity
of Misurata: 1 Tank. In the vicinity of Ras Lanuf: 1 Communications Facility.
16:50 Al Jazeera Arabic reported a NATO strike between Ajdabiya and Brega. A strike was also reported in Jalu this morning where clashes have been ongoing. People have called in to say that Al Kufra is under ‘full’ opposition control and that the town of Abu Rawayah (west of Misrata) is also under opposition control and Gaddafi forces have surrendered there.
11:11 NATO After their first meeting in Doha, the Libya Contract group gathered yesterday in Rome. Participants pledged to intensify the pressure on the regime politically, militarily and economically until they fulfil in full the conditions set out in United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1970 and 1973. They underscored that NATO actions are necessary to implement the Resolutions, and welcomed the additional contributions to strike operations.
9:49 France24 France expelled 14 Libyan diplomats on Friday due to their loyalty to Gaddafi. “The decision (to expel them) was taken some time ago, but there was a process to follow,” said a French diplomat, who asked not to be named. “Many of these people were using their status as diplomats as a cover.” In a statement, the ministry said the diplomats were “persona non grata” and given between 24 and 48 hours to leave the country.
9:00 AFP Libya’s deputy foreign minister said on Thursday that an international plan to fund the Libyan opposition with the Gaddafi regime’s frozen assets is “like piracy on the high seas”.