Libya crisis in maps: Day by day

Tuesday 22 March

Planes from the US-led coalition have been in action over Libya for a third consecutive night, firing missiles at targets in and around the capital, Tripoli.

A US Air Force F-15 fighter crashed in Libya overnight after apparent engine failure. A US spokesman said the crew was safe.

Air strikes: The Libyan government said a naval base east of Tripoli had been targeted, as well the southern town of Sabha, and a fishing village. A spokesman said the missile strikes had caused "numerous" civilian casualties. US Defence Secretary Robert Gates said the coalition forces were going to great lengths to avoid civilian casualties.

On the ground: Fighting between Gaddafi's forces and the rebels is continuing. In Misrata, a rebel-held city in western Libya, residents suffered another night of heavy shelling. There are also reports of fighting in Zintan, near the Tunisian border. In the east, pro-Gaddafi troops fired on opposition forces outside Ajdabiya.

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