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Award winning journalist killed in Syria

posted 22 Feb 2012, 06:05 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 22 Feb 2012, 06:05 ]

Veteran war correspondent Marie Colvin is killed in a Syrian military onslaught on an opposition hotbed.

HOMS, SYRIA (THE SUNDAY TIMES) - American correspondent Marie Colvin was killed in the besieged Syrian city of Homs on Wednesday (February 22)

when rockets fired by government forces hit the house they were staying in, opposition activists and witnesses said.


French photographer Remi Ochlik also died when rockets fired by government forces hit the house they were staying in, and several other journalists were seriously injured.


Hundreds of people have been killed in more than two weeks of sustained bombardment of Homs, a city of one million, by Assad's besieging forces.


A witness contacted by Reuters from Amman said shells hit the house in the opposition-held Baba Amro district of Homs


which was being used as a media centre. A rocket hit them when they tried to escape.

British-based Colvin worked for The Sunday Times and was a prize-winning veteran of wars in the Middle East, Asia and elsewhere.


She lost an eye when she suffered a shrapnel wound while working in Sri Lanka in 2001. In public appearances after that attack, she wore a black eye patch. Among her awards was a Martha Gelhorn Prize in 2009 for distinguished work over many years.

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