WRAPUP 3-Libya denies rebel victory claim in Brega oil town

Mon Jul 18, 2011 8:50pm GMT

(Adds government statement, raises death toll)

* Rebels say they routed most of Gaddafi's forces in Brega

* Government denies the claim

* More than 40 reported killed by both sides

* Russia criticises West for backing rebels in war

By Nick Carey

MISRATA, Libya, July 18 (Reuters) - Rebel forces have routed most of Muammar Gaddafi's troops in the Libyan oil town of Brega in the biggest boost of their campaign in weeks, spokesmen said on Monday. The government denied the claim.

More than 40 people on both sides were reported killed in fighting over the city since late last week.   Continued...

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