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Zintan is located in Libya
Location in Libya
Coordinates: 31°55′50″N 12°14′54″E / 31.93056°N 12.24833°E / 31.93056; 12.24833
Country Libya
DistrictJabal al Gharbi
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total16,024
 • DemonymZintani
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)

Zintan (Arabic: الزنتان‎, is one of the biggest cities in north western Libya, situated roughly 136 kilometres (85 mi) southwest of Tripoli, in the area. The city and its surrounding area has a population of approximately 50,000.

Libyan Civil War 2011[edit]

Groups from Zintan joined in the Libyan Civil War (2011). The Battle of Zintan reportedly began when the Gaddafi-led government forces arrived to recruit 1,000 soldiers. Insulted by the proposal to fight fellow Libyans, a group formed in Zintan to protest. As the group grew, pro-Gaddafi forces attacked but local groups counterattacked with seized weapons, "rout[ing]" a large, heavily armed government convoy on 19–20 March.[2][3]

The Zintan people were responsible for the capture of Saif al-Islam, the second son of Muammar Gaddafi.[4] He was captured on 19 November 2011, a month after his father's death, about 50 kilometres (31 mi) west of the town of Ubari near Sabha in southern Libya.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ World Gazetteer. "Libya: largest cities and towns and statistics of their population". Archived from the original on 2013-06-14. Retrieved 15 October 2011.
  2. ^ Gadhafi retakes oil port in rebel-held east Libya Archived May 31, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Libyan rebels drive back government troops advancing on town of Zintan Archived June 3, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "How Saif al-Islam was captured". BBC News. 20 November 2011. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  5. ^ "Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam captured in Libya". BBC. 19 November 2011. Archived from the original on 2013-10-15. Retrieved 19 November 2011.

Coordinates: 31°55′50″N 12°14′54″E / 31.93056°N 12.24833°E / 31.93056; 12.24833