Libyan photojournalist killed in Tripoli clashes

Libyan photojournalist Mohamed Ben Khalifa, who worked for Associated Press news agency, was killed during clashes in the Libyan capital Tripoli, a government official and family said on Saturday.

He was covering the militia clashes that erupted last Wednesday despite a truce deal four months ago that had halted deadly battles in the city.

The Health Ministry’s Department of Wounded in Tripoli expressed their condolences over the death of Ben Khalifa, revealing he died early Saturday morning as a result of injuries he sustained in a random fire exchange between militias.

Earlier that day, the Libyan Health Ministry reported that at least 13 people were killed and 52 others injured in the violent clashes between local armed groups.

Libya has been torn apart by conflict since its long-time dictator Muammar Qaddafi was overthrown in 2011. The eastern part of the country is governed by the parliament, backed by the Libyan National Army (LNA) and located in Tobruk. The U.N.-backed Government of National Accord (GNA), headed by Prime Minister Faiez al-Sarraj, operates in the country’s west and is headquartered in Tripoli.

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