Libyan rebels say forces reach Brega

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – Libyan rebel fighters have reached the outskirts of the oil-exporting town of Brega on Saturday after taking Ajdabiyah from Muammar Gaddafi’s forces, a rebel spokesman said.

“They are now, as we speak, on the outskirts of the city of Brega,” Colonel Ahmed Bani, a rebel military spokesman, said at a news conference in the rebel stronghold of Benghazi. Brega is 70 km to the west of Ajdabiyah.

Bani said the recapture by rebels of Ajdabiyah, a gateway from western Libya to Benghazi, meant “the winds of change have now started to blow.”

(Reporting by Alexander Dziadosz; editing by Ibon Villelabeitia)

Libyan rebels say forces reach Brega