August 23, 2011 / 6:00 PM / 6 years ago

Rebels take Ras Lanuf oil port -spokesman

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BENGHAZI, Aug 23 (Reuters) - Libyan rebels took control of the oil port of Ras Lanuf as soldiers loyal to Muammar Gaddafi retreated to the west toward the leader's home town of Sirte, a rebel spokesman said on Tuesday.

"We have taken Ras Lanuf. They just ran until the Red Valley," rebel spokesman Mohammad Zawawi said, adding the Red Valley was in the direction of Sirte.

Zawawi said there was no damage to the oil facilities in Ras Lanuf and the only damage at Brega, taken by the rebels on Monday, was a damaged oil storage tank, which was on fire and which rebels were trying to put out.

(Reporting by Robert Birsel; writing by Richard Valdmanis, editing by Tim Pearce)

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