Rebels claim capture of Brega oil hub

AFP , Saturday 20 Aug 2011

Libyan rebels have taken "all" of the strategic oil hub of Brega in the east of the country, a rebel military official told AFP on Saturday.

"The industrial zone is under our control, all Brega is now under our control," the top-ranking official said on condition of anonymity, a day after rebels claimed they had seized two other key towns as they pushed their advance on the capital Tripoli.

"Gaddafi forces are withdrawing to the west, toward Bishr," the official said.

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