Cornish photographer wounded in Libya improving

Undated family handout of photographer Guy Martin Guy Martin was working as a photographer in Misrata

A friend of a photographer from Cornwall injured in a grenade attack in the Libyan city of Misrata has said his condition is improving.

Guy Martin, 28, from Falmouth, was hit by shrapnel in the attack on the rebel stonghold last Wednesday in which two other war reporters were killed.

Misrata has been besieged by forces loyal to Col Muammar Gaddafi for weeks.

Freelance photographer Nicole Tung told BBC News that Mr Martin was just "waiting to get out" of the city.

Mr Martin was working for the Panos Pictures agency when he was critically wounded in the attack.

He was taken into intensive care and had surgery on his leg.

'Constant reminder'

Plans are being made for Mr Martin to leave Misrata, probably by ship.

Ms Tung, who has been to visit him in hospital every day since he was injured, said: "Today he's been much better, [he was] sitting up by himself.

"He's just waiting to get out really but he's not rushing to leave because if the conditions at sea are bad or there are not medical facilities on board ship then he understands it is better to stay in Misrata before we move him.

"The city is still effectively under siege, there are things going off near the hospital and there's still fighting going on.

"When a bomb goes off it's a constant reminder of how vulnerable you are."

Fellow journalists, Liverpool-born Tim Hetherington, 40, and American Chris Hondros, 41, died while covering the conflict in Misrata.

New York-based photographer Michael Christopher Brown also suffered shrapnel wounds.

The Libyan uprising against Col Muammar Gaddafi's 42-year rule began in mid-February.

Nato is currently in charge of a no-fly zone, carrying out air attacks against Gaddafi's forces.

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