Injured Journalists Left in Homs

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Turkish journalists in Ankara, on February 24, 2012, hold signs and pictures of journalists who have died in Syria during the ongoing conflict, during a demonstration denouncing violence against journalists and the brutality of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime. France today urged Syria to allow the evacuation of wounded journalists currently in the besieged city of Homs in Syria, where French photojournalist Remi Ochlik and Sunday Times correspondent Marie Colvin were killed in an alleged rocket attack by Syrian regime forces against a makeshift opposition media center on February 22.

The Red Cross was not able to rescue two Western journalists from Homs, despite being able to rescue seven people from Baba Amr. Edith Bouvier, a reporter with Le Figaro, and British photographer Paul Conroy, who works for the Sunday Times, were wounded when the Assad regime targeted a makeshift media center on Wednesday. They had asked for help leaving the city, but the Red Cross was unable to get to them and the two bodies of journalists killed in the fighting. Government forces said armed groups refused to turn over the reporters, but resistance activists said the journalists refused to leave the city. The Red Cross got to Homs on Friday and has tried to negotiate the evacuation of injured civilians, but has had difficulty navigating the hatred between Assad’s forces and the opposition.