On Thursday two french journalists who were trapped in the besieged Syrian city of Homs were evacuated to Lebanon, where the French government was preparing to fly them home.
French photographer in Homs
American journalist Marie Colvin and French photographer Remi Ochlik were buried in Homs, where they were killed eight days ago in shelling that also that caught their two French colleagues and this video was posted over the internet.
According to French government, the freelance reporter Edith Bouvier, whose femur was shattered during heavy shelling of Homs’s rebel-held Baba Amro district, and photographer William Daniels were brought across the border into Lebanon by Syrian rebels. In Brussels, President Nicolas Sarkozy addressed the reporters and said that he spoke to Bouvier by telephone shortly after their arrival and that a government plane would be sent to fly them to France.
During the Syrian government assault, which pushed rebels out of their positions in the city, sources confirmed that they were the last foreign journalists reported stranded in Homs. Sarkozy confirmed that “Edith Bouvier and William Daniels are safely in Lebanon and will very shortly be under the protection of our embassy in Beirut. According to foreign ministry spokesman Bernard Valero said heavy snow in the area meant the group might not arrive in Beirut before Friday, but it was confirmed that the journalists were in fine state. At the border, french embassy officials, including a doctor found Bouvier’s leg wound to be in a stable condition that meant she could fly home.
Due to unconditional weather the French reporters will reach Beirut tonight or they will stop on the way and set off again tomorrow morning. According to some sources Spanish journalist Javier Espinosa has also crossed from Syria into neighboring. British photographer Paul Conroy, who was also wounded in the February 22 shelling, was smuggled into Lebanon.