Libyan government says Zawiyah revolt defeated

Sun Jun 12, 2011 6:45pm GMT

TRIPOLI, June 12 (Reuters) - Rebel fighters tried to enter the town of Zawiyah, west of Tripoli, but were defeated after a few hours of fighting, a Libyan government spokesman said on Sunday.

"This is just another proof of how weak and unpopular they (the rebels) are," spokesman Moussa Ibrahim told a news conference. The rebels "cannot achieve any advance against the Libyan government", he said. (Reporting by Nick Carey; Writing by Christian Lowe; Editing by Louise Ireland)

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