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Slain journalist captured Libya's turmoil

Updated : 2019-01-22 14:54:32

Mohamed Ben Khalifa's work as a photographer and video journalist captured the tragedy of refugee corpses washing ashore on Libya's coastline. In urban centers, he documented ferocious militia warfare.

In one photo, a wave rolls gently over the arm of a dead refugee. In another, a love letter written on pink paper is seen next to the body of a Syrian refugee found on the beach of Ben Khalifa's hometown of Zuwara, west of the Libyan capital. In others, gunfire rages, lighting up the night sky.

The work of Ben Khalifa, who was killed in Libya on Saturday, reflected Libya's post-2011 chaos of rival militias fighting for control as well as the humanitarian tragedy of waves of people fleeing North Africa, the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa.

He was killed on Saturday while accompanying a militia on patrol in southern Tripoli. The group came under fire and attack by a missile, according to a fellow freelance journalist. Ben Khalifa was killed by shrapnel.

His body of work since 2014 for the AP included more than 260 photos and scores of videos. A freelancer, he also contributed to other news organizations.

In this Friday, August 28, 2015 photo, the arm of a dead migrant is seen at the waterfront of Zuwara, about 105 kilometers (65 miles) west of Tripoli, Libya. The work of photographer and video journalist Mohamed Ben Khalifa, who was killed in Libya on Saturday, January 19, 2019, reflected Libya's post-2011 chaos of rival militias fighting for control as well as the humanitarian tragedy of waves of people fleeing North Africa, the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ben Khalifa, File)
In this Friday, August 28, 2015 photo, the arm of a dead migrant is seen at the waterfront of Zuwara, about 105 kilometers (65 miles) west of Tripoli, Libya. The work of photographer and video journalist Mohamed Ben Khalifa, who was killed in Libya on Saturday, January 19, 2019, reflected Libya's post-2011 chaos of rival militias fighting for control as well as the humanitarian tragedy of waves of people fleeing North Africa, the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ben Khalifa, File)
In this June 25, 2018 photo, a member of the Italian naval forces, right, stands with a Libyan diplomatic policeman during a visit to an Italian naval forces ship at the Tripoli naval base, in Tripoli, Libya. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ben Khalifa, File)
In this June 25, 2018 photo, a member of the Italian naval forces, right, stands with a Libyan diplomatic policeman during a visit to an Italian naval forces ship at the Tripoli naval base, in Tripoli, Libya. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ben Khalifa, File)
In this September 21, 2018 photo, fighter under the UN backed government shooting with Anti-aircraft gun during the clashes in Wadi Alrabie south Tripoli. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ben Khalifa, File)
In this September 21, 2018 photo, fighter under the UN backed government shooting with Anti-aircraft gun during the clashes in Wadi Alrabie south Tripoli. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ben Khalifa, File)
In this April 11, 2016 photo, African migrants wait to receive medical assistance after being rescued by coastal guards on a port in Tripoli, Libya. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ben Khalifa, File)
In this April 11, 2016 photo, African migrants wait to receive medical assistance after being rescued by coastal guards on a port in Tripoli, Libya. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ben Khalifa, File)
In this Saturday, September 12, 2015 photo, a Libyan Red Crescent worker holds a picture that was found in a bag of belongings that washed up on a beach near the Tunisian Libyan border, not far from Zuwarah, 102 km (63 mi) west of Tripoli, Libya. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ben Khalifa, File)
In this Saturday, September 12, 2015 photo, a Libyan Red Crescent worker holds a picture that was found in a bag of belongings that washed up on a beach near the Tunisian Libyan border, not far from Zuwarah, 102 km (63 mi) west of Tripoli, Libya. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ben Khalifa, File)
FILE - In this May 2, 2018, file photo, a soldier points to bloodstains from one of the slain employees of Libya's high national election commission after a suicide bomb. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ben Khalifa, File)
FILE - In this May 2, 2018, file photo, a soldier points to bloodstains from one of the slain employees of Libya's high national election commission after a suicide bomb. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ben Khalifa, File)
In this March 3, 2017 photo, migrants rest on the sidewalk port of Tripoli they were rescued by the Coast Guard off the coast of Tripoli, Libya. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ben Khalifa, File)
In this March 3, 2017 photo, migrants rest on the sidewalk port of Tripoli they were rescued by the Coast Guard off the coast of Tripoli, Libya. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ben Khalifa, File)
In this May 10, 2017 photo, migrants wait for medical attention on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at Abosetta base in Tripoli, Libya. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ben Khalifa, File)
In this May 10, 2017 photo, migrants wait for medical attention on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at Abosetta base in Tripoli, Libya. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ben Khalifa, File)
In this Saturday, October 3, 2015 photo, members of the Libyan Red Crescent carry a body bag as they retrieve bodies found washed up in the eastern shore of Tripoli, Libya. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ben Khalifa, File)
In this Saturday, October 3, 2015 photo, members of the Libyan Red Crescent carry a body bag as they retrieve bodies found washed up in the eastern shore of Tripoli, Libya. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ben Khalifa, File)
In this Wednesday, February 18, 2015 file photo, a Libyan military soldier stands guard at the entrance of a town, 110 kilometers (68 miles) from Sirte, Libya. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ben Khalifa, File)
In this Wednesday, February 18, 2015 file photo, a Libyan military soldier stands guard at the entrance of a town, 110 kilometers (68 miles) from Sirte, Libya. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ben Khalifa, File)
In this Saturday, February 21, 2015 file photo, Libyan soldiers aim their weapons during clashes with militants on the frontline in Al Ajaylat, 120 kilometers (75 miles) west of Tripoli, Libya. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ben Khalifa, File)
In this Saturday, February 21, 2015 file photo, Libyan soldiers aim their weapons during clashes with militants on the frontline in Al Ajaylat, 120 kilometers (75 miles) west of Tripoli, Libya. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ben Khalifa, File)
In this September 24, 2015 file photo, worshipers attend a sermon during Eid al-Adha at the Martyrs Square in central Tripoli, Libya. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ben Khalifa, File)
In this September 24, 2015 file photo, worshipers attend a sermon during Eid al-Adha at the Martyrs Square in central Tripoli, Libya. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ben Khalifa, File)
In this Saturday, October 10, 2015 photo, models walk on the stage during a fashion show featuring traditional designs as part of the Culture and Arts Festival at the site of the former royal palace, also known as
In this Saturday, October 10, 2015 photo, models walk on the stage during a fashion show featuring traditional designs as part of the Culture and Arts Festival at the site of the former royal palace, also known as "People's Palace," in Tripoli, Libya. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ben Khalifa, File)
FILE - In this May 2, 2018 photo, a soldier stands outside Libya's high national election commission after a suicide bomb in Tripoli. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ben Khalifa, File)
FILE - In this May 2, 2018 photo, a soldier stands outside Libya's high national election commission after a suicide bomb in Tripoli. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ben Khalifa, File)
In this September 21, 2018 file photo, fighters under the UN backed government on the front lines during clashes in southern Tripoli. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ben Khalifa, File)
In this September 21, 2018 file photo, fighters under the UN backed government on the front lines during clashes in southern Tripoli. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ben Khalifa, File)
In this October 2, 2014 photo, a love letter found along with the dead body of a Syrian woman who washed on the beach of Zwara, Libya along with other migrants on a dangerous journey for a better life in Europe. The handwritten Arabic letter reads,
In this October 2, 2014 photo, a love letter found along with the dead body of a Syrian woman who washed on the beach of Zwara, Libya along with other migrants on a dangerous journey for a better life in Europe. The handwritten Arabic letter reads,"yesterday it was, and today it's happening. My only love that filled my heart and feelings, will it go on Inshallah? I love you, Ammar." (AP Photo/Mohamed Ben Khalifa, File)
In this Thursday, August 27, 2015 photo, the body of a drowned migrant is lies on a dock in Zuwara, Libya. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ben Khalifa, File)
In this Thursday, August 27, 2015 photo, the body of a drowned migrant is lies on a dock in Zuwara, Libya. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ben Khalifa, File)
In this Thursday, January 9, 2015 photo, a Libyan honor guard stands at attention during the arrival of UN Special Envoy to Libya Bernardino Leon in Tripoli.  (AP Photo/Mohamed Ben Khalifa, File)
In this Thursday, January 9, 2015 photo, a Libyan honor guard stands at attention during the arrival of UN Special Envoy to Libya Bernardino Leon in Tripoli.  (AP Photo/Mohamed Ben Khalifa, File)
In this Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015, photo, Red Crescent workers carry the lifeless body of a migrant, in the port city of Khoms, Libya. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ben Khalifa, File)
In this Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015, photo, Red Crescent workers carry the lifeless body of a migrant, in the port city of Khoms, Libya. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ben Khalifa, File)
In this Saturday, February 21, 2015 photo, a Libyan soldier wakes his comrade in Al Ajaylat, 120 kilometers (75 miles) west of Tripoli, Libya. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ben Khalifa, File)
In this Saturday, February 21, 2015 photo, a Libyan soldier wakes his comrade in Al Ajaylat, 120 kilometers (75 miles) west of Tripoli, Libya. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ben Khalifa, File)
In this March 2, 2014 photo, protesters stand atop a vehicle as others burn in front of the National Conference Hall, in Tripoli, Libya. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ben Khalifa, File)
In this March 2, 2014 photo, protesters stand atop a vehicle as others burn in front of the National Conference Hall, in Tripoli, Libya. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ben Khalifa, File)
In this Saturday, February 21, 2015 photo, Libyan soldiers try to fix a weapon that jammed during clashes with militants on the frontline in Al Ajaylat, 120 kilometers (75 miles) west of Tripoli, Libya. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ben Khalifa, File)
In this Saturday, February 21, 2015 photo, Libyan soldiers try to fix a weapon that jammed during clashes with militants on the frontline in Al Ajaylat, 120 kilometers (75 miles) west of Tripoli, Libya. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ben Khalifa, File)
FILE - In this February 20, 2016, file photo, a member of the Libyan security forces displays part of a document in Arabic describing weaponry, that was found at the site of US airstrikes on an Islamic State camp that killed dozens, near the western city of Sabratha, Libya. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ben Khalifa, File)
FILE - In this February 20, 2016, file photo, a member of the Libyan security forces displays part of a document in Arabic describing weaponry, that was found at the site of US airstrikes on an Islamic State camp that killed dozens, near the western city of Sabratha, Libya. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ben Khalifa, File)
In this February 20, 2015 photo, an African Christian mother and her child attend mass at Anglican church in Tripoli, Libya. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ben Khalifa, File)
In this February 20, 2015 photo, an African Christian mother and her child attend mass at Anglican church in Tripoli, Libya. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ben Khalifa, File)
In this December 25, 2018 photo, smoke rises shortly after an attack on the foreign ministry building, in Tripoli, Libya. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ben Khalifa, File)
In this December 25, 2018 photo, smoke rises shortly after an attack on the foreign ministry building, in Tripoli, Libya. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ben Khalifa, File)
In this September 10, 2018 photo, a man stands outside the damaged headquarters of the national oil company after an attack by gunmen in Tripoli, Libya. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ben Khalifa, File)
In this September 10, 2018 photo, a man stands outside the damaged headquarters of the national oil company after an attack by gunmen in Tripoli, Libya. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ben Khalifa, File)
In this October 3, 2015 photo, members of the Libyan Red Crescent wash their hands at the shore after they placed bodies of migrants found on the eastern shore of Tripoli, Libya into bags. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ben Khalifa, File)
In this October 3, 2015 photo, members of the Libyan Red Crescent wash their hands at the shore after they placed bodies of migrants found on the eastern shore of Tripoli, Libya into bags. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ben Khalifa, File)
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