Friday 19 January 2018

Oscar nominee killed covering street fighting

Kim Sengupta in Libya

British photojournalist Tim Hetherington, whose documentary on the Afghan war, 'Restrepo', was nominated for an Oscar, was killed in Libya yesterday while covering fighting in the opposition-held city of Misrata.

Mr Hetherington (41) is the first Western journalist to lose his life while covering the civil war. Three other journalists with him were injured, including photographers Chris Hondros and Guy Martin.

Mr Hondros, an American working for the Getty photo agency, suffered a severe brain injury and is critical. Mr Martin, a British citizen working for the Panos photo agency, was undergoing surgery last night.

It is believed they were covering street fighting on a road leading to the port which the regime troops are attempting to capture when they came under grenade and mortar fire.

Rebel fighters stranded in Misrata yesterday claimed they killed 50 soldiers loyal to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in one of their biggest victories of the siege.

The two sides have fought heavy clashes to the town's east where regime forces are trying to break in and cut off the rebels from the Ghasr Ahmad docks. (© Independent News Service)

Irish Independent

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