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Journalists Killed in 2011 - Motive Confirmed: Ali Hassan al-Jaber

Publisher Committee to Protect Journalists
Publication Date 20 December 2011
Cite as Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 2011 - Motive Confirmed: Ali Hassan al-Jaber, 20 December 2011, available at: [accessed 19 October 2017]
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March 13, 2011, in an area near Benghazi, Libya

Cameraman al-Jaber was killed during the armed conflict between Libyan rebels and forces loyal to leader Muammar Qaddafi. He was shot during an ambush near the eastern city of Benghazi.

Al-Jaber was returning from covering an anti-Qaddafi demonstration in Suluq, southwest of Benghazi, when unidentified gunmen opened fire on a car carrying an Al-Jazeera crew, colleague Bayba Wald Amhadi reported. Al-Jaber, who was shot three times, was the first reported media casualty in the Libyan conflict. Al-Jazeera reporter Naser al-Hadar was injured during the attack.

Al-Jazeera reported that the bullets used in the attack, disintegrating frangible bullets, were the type of ammunition used by pro-Qaddafi forces.

Al-Jaber, 55, held a master's degree in cinematography from the Academy of Arts in Cairo, according to Al-Jazeera. He worked in Qatar Television for more than 20 years, as head of the film department. He was previously the director of the Qatar bureau of CNBC Arabiya, an Arabic-language financial and business information channel.

Job:Camera Operator
Beats Covered:War
Local or Foreign:Foreign
Type of Death:Crossfire/Combat-Related
Suspected Source of Fire:Military Officials
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