Libyan rebels hope for victory within weeks: envoy

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Libya's rebel movement said Tuesday that its war against Moamer Kadhafi's regime had entered a "decisive phase" and that victory was possible within less than three weeks.

"Our forces totally control Zawiyah, which will open the way to Tripoli. This will allow the population there to revolt," Mansur Saif Al-Nasr, the rebel National Transitional Council's envoy to Paris, told RFI radio.

"We are entering a decisive phase, soon we will liberate all of southern Libya, We hope to celebrate the final victory at the same time as the end of Ramadan," he added. The Muslim holy month will end on around August 31.

Zawiyah is a vital oil port on Libya's Mediterranean coast, 45 kilometres (28 miles) west of the capital Tripoli.

Rebels on the ground claimed Monday to control "most" of the town, but Kadhafi's loyalist forces continued to bombard the area with Grad rockets.

© 2011 AFP

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