Dutch photojournalist, Jeroen Oerlemans, and eight Libyan fighters were killed in a clash with Daesh militants in Sirte on Sunday. He was due to return home on Monday. Mr Oerlemans was held hostage for a week by Daesh alongside John Cantlie in Syria in 2012.  He is survived by his wife and three young children.

If you would like to know more about the risks and dangers journalists face, please check out the work of the Committee to Protect Journalists.

From the Japan Times

At least 19 dead, including Dutch journalist, as Libyan forces battle Islamic State in Sirte

A Dutch journalist was killed on Sunday while covering the government-backed offensive against the Islamic State group in their Libyan stronghold of Sirte, a doctor said.

Dr. Akram Gliwan, spokesman for a hospital in Misrata where pro-government fighters are treated, told AFP that photographer Jeroen Oerlemans was “shot in the chest by an IS sniper while covering battles in Sirte.”

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From Al Jazeera

Dutch journalist Jeroen Oerlemans killed in Libya

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, at least 11 other journalists and one media worker have been killed in Libya since 1992, when CPJ began keeping records. All but one of those deaths happened since the 2011 war against former leader Muammar Gaddafi.

“Journalists have recently begun returning in greater numbers to Libya to cover the conflict and political upheaval but it remains an extraordinarily dangerous place,”Robert Mahoney, the deputy executive director of CPJ, said.

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