TRIPOLI (AFP) - The Libyan government insisted Zawiyah was under the regime's control on Saturday, dismissing rebel claims of having captured the port city on the road to Tripoli. Zawiyah is completely under government control, government spokesman Mussa Ibrahim told reporters in the capital. "A very small group of rebels tried to enter from the south of Zawiyah but they were stopped easily" by the Libyan armed forces. The rebels had earlier told an Arabic satellite channel they had captured the town, as a bus transporting foreign journalists travelling from neighbouring Tunisia was on Saturday forced to turn back as it neared Zawiya. Ibrahim said less than 100 fighters tried to enter the town to join up with about 50 rebels inside Zawiya.