Libyan rebel forces capture Zawiya oil refinery

Complex supplies Tripoli with oil and gas

Rebel forces in Libya have reportedly captured the Zawiya oil refinery, a key lifeline for beleaguered leader Moammar Gadhafi and his supporters in Tripoli. Forces loyal to Gadhafi had been fighting rebels for several days in and around the coastal refinery, just 50 kilometres west of Tripoli. The refinery supplies Tripoli with oil and gas. The BBC’s Matthew Price said that losing Zawiya would be a psychological blow for Gadhafi and his supporters.

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