Rebels shut oil pipeline to key refinery near Tripoli

BERLIN, June 20 Mon Jun 20, 2011 3:02pm EDT

BERLIN, June 20 (Reuters) - Libyan rebels have shut off a pipeline in the Western Mountains region that supplies crude from an oilfield in the south to the Zawiyah refinery near the capital Tripoli, a rebel spokesman said on Monday.

"Rebels have turned off a pipeline in Rayayna, which is used to ship oil from the Awbari oilfield in the south to the Zawiyah refinery," rebel spokesman Juma Ibrahim said by phone from the Western Mountains town of Zintan.

"This is an attempt by the rebels to stifle the Gaddafi regime in Tripoli," he said.

His account could not be independently verified. (Writing by Joseph Nasr; editing by David Stamp)

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