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TRIPOLI– A freelance photographer who had contributed to various news organizations was killed in clashes between rival militias in the Libyan capital Tripoli, a government official and relatives said.
Mohamed Ben Khalifa, 35, died of a random shell in the Libyan capital while covering the clashes.
The fighting broke out this week, breaching a shaky ceasefire brokered by the United Nations in September.
Ben Khalifa died while accompanying a militia patrolling the Qaser Bin Ghashir area south of Tripoli, according to Hamza Turkia, a freelance journalist.
Condolences for his death came from around the journalism community in Libya, where he was known as one of its leading photographers.
Ben Khalifa has won many awards and participated in many competitions and international exhibitions.
A new round of fighting between rival militias erupted earlier this week, killing 13 people and wounding more than 50, according to the Libyan Health Ministry.
The fighting between militias allied with Libya’s UN-backed government in Tripoli and an armed group from a nearby town underscores Libya’s lingering lawlessness since the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK