Jour­nal­ist killed as clashes rock Libya’s Sirte

The Myanmar Times - - World -

A Dutch jour­nal­ist was killed by sniper fire while covering clashes in Libya’s coastal city of Sirte, as unity govern­ment forces bat­tled Is­lamic State group hold­outs in the ji­hadist bas­tion. A spokesper­son for a hospi­tal in Mis­rata told AFP that pho­tog­ra­pher Jeroen Oer­le­mans was “shot in the chest by an IS sniper while covering bat­tles in Sirte” 450 kilo­me­tres (280 miles) east of Tripoli. Mr Oer­le­mans was work­ing in Libya for a num­ber of or­gan­i­sa­tions, in­clud­ing the Bel­gian weekly Knack mag­a­zine, which con­firmed his death.

Photo: AFP

This pic­ture, taken on Oc­to­ber 26, 2008, shows Dutch jour­nal­ist Jeroen Oer­le­mans (cen­tre) pos­ing for a pho­to­graph as he sits atop an ar­moured per­son­nel car­rier while on as­sign­ment at Tarin Kot in the south­ern Afghan prov­ince of Uruz­gan.

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