US and French reporters killed in Syria
Laaska News Feb. 23, 2012
Two journalists have been killed in artillery attacks by Syrian government forces in Homs, central Syria.
The French government and human rights groups in Syria say veteran American war correspondent with Britain’s Sunday Times, Marie Colvin, and French photojournalist, Remi Ochlik, were killed in shelling on Wednesday morning.
They say the two were attacked while trying to flee a bombarded house where they had been staying.
Colvin had reported from battlefields around the world on people suffering in warfare. She lost the sight of her left eye in a blast in 2001 while reporting on the civil war in Sri Lanka.
The day before her death, she filed a BBC TV report from Syria saying that many civilians, including infants, have been victimized there.
Syria’s military and security troops have continued fierce attacks on the anti-government stronghold of Homs for nearly 3 weeks. Local human rights activists say 40 civilians were killed there on Tuesday alone.
Russia condemns Homs reporter killings
A shell fired by Syrian forces has hit an improvised press centre in the opposition stronghold of Homs, killing two foreign reporters there – a man from France and a woman from the United States. Three other foreign reporters have received injuries.
Russia has condemned the killings and extended condolences to the bereaved families. Appearing in Moscow Wednesday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said the Homs tragedy is another convincing proof that the Syrian conflict must be brought to an end. He said this must be done by ending violence and starting a dialogue between the conflicting Syrian sides.