Rebels take oil town

Townsville Bulletin - - World Snapshot -

REBELS have routed forces loyal to Libyan leader Muam­mar Gaddafi out of the key east­ern oil town of Ras Lanuf and were pur­su­ing them fur­ther west. ‘‘ The town is en­tirely in rebel hands,’’ an AFP cor­re­spon­dent re­ported yes­ter­day. ‘‘ They are man­ning check­points in and out of the city and are pur­su­ing Gaddafi forces west.’’ Ras Lanuf is 370 kilo­me­tres west of Benghazi and 210km from Ajd­abiya, the first town to fall back into rebel hands on Satur­day a week into al­lied air strikes. Ear­lier yes­ter­day, re­porters con­firmed in­sur­gents had also re­taken Brega.

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