Two journalists killed in Misrata: report

09:57, April 22, 2011      

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Two western journalists were killed in Libya as heavy fighting continued over night in the city of Misrata, al-Jazeera channel reported on Thursday.

British photographer and Oscar-nominated documentary director Tim Hetherington, 41, was killed during mortar attacks in Tripoli street in Misrata.

Also, American photographer Chris Hondros who works for Getty Images lost his life at hospital in Misrata due to serious brain injuries.

Doctors at a hospital in Misrata said they received on Wednesday up to 100 injured people, mostly civilians.

"The situation was relatively calm at this time, and then all of a sudden a mortar shell was fired and we heard explosions," said a Spanish photographer who was accompanying the late journalists.

Also al-Jazeera reported the death of a correspondent in Libya while covering the conflicts there.

On the other side, Libyan government spokesman Moussa Ibrahim said that the Libyan government felt "sorrow" over the journalist deaths; however, he added that "people die from our side and the other side; they get caught in the middle."

The state-run Al-Jamahiriya TV channel put the death toll over the past 24 hours to 11 civilians in addition to 18 injured. Meanwhile, the opposition said that Gaddafi's forces are using tanks and artillery to pound homes in the eastern city of Misrata.

Misrata is currently under a continuous and heavy shelling from pro-Gaddafi forces, attacks that entered its seventh week and leaving scores of civilians dead and injured.

Source: Xinhua
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