Posted at 02:19 PM ET, 04/20/2011

Two photographers killed in Libya (photos)


”Restrepo” film directors Sebastian Junger (left) and Tim Hetherington (right) at the Restrepo outpost in the Korengal Valley, Afghanistan. Hetherington was killed in Libya Tuesday. (Courtesy Tim Hetherington)

Update: Chris Hondros died at 10 p.m. from wounds suffered.

Amid heavy fighting in Misurata, Libya, Tim Hetherington, producer of the Oscar-nominated film “Restrepo,” was killed by mortar fire Wednesday. Getty photographer Chris Hondros, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, died later in the evening. Michael Brown of the Corvis agency and Guy Martin of the Panos Photo Agency were injured in the same incident. Martin suffered severe injuries, but doctors said his condition was improving.

On Tuesday, Tim Hetherington sent out a last tweet:

In besieged Libyan city of Misrata. Indiscriminate shelling by Qaddafi forces. No sign of NATO.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone Favorite Retweet Reply

Over the last few weeks, Hondros had been filing stunning imagery of the conflict in Libya. One of his photographs appeared on the cover of The Washington Post this morning.

One other foreign journalist has been killed since the start of the conflict in Libya, Al-Jazeera cameraman Ali Hassan al-Jaber died in an ambush near Benghazi on March 12. Four foreign journalists are also still reported missing after being taken into custody on April 5.

Below (all except the last) are images that moved across the wire today, which Hondros captured of the intense fight.


In an image that moved across the wire just hours ago, Chris Hondros photographed a Libyan rebel fighter in a burning room containing ensconced government loyalist troops firing on them during house-to-house fighting on Tripoli Street in downtown Misurata. (By Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

A libyan rebel fighter runs up a burning stairwell during an effort to dislodge some ensconced government loyalist troops who were firing on them from an upstairs room. (By Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

A Libyan rebel fighter fires into a basement during an effort to dislodge some ensconced government loyalist troops. (By Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

Libyan rebel fighter rolls a burning tire into a room containing ensconced government loyalist troops. (Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

A Libyan rebel fighter quickly rounds a corner and fires on trapped government loyalist troops a few meters away. (Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

Libyan rebel fighters carry out a comrade wounded during an effort to dislodge some ensconced government loyalist troops. (Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

Rebel fighters carefully move up a stairway in a building where they had trapped government loyalist troops. (Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

On April 14, a rebel fighter celebrated as his comrades fire a rocket barrage toward the positions of troops loyal to Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi. (By Chris Hondros/Getty Images)
See more of Chris Hondros’s images here.

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