Two Western journalists were killed in the Syrian city of Homs today, a place which has come under severe bombardment from forces loyal to President Bashar Assad. The journalists were named as veteran war correspondent Marie Colvin, an American working for the Sunday Times newspaper, and French photographer Remi Ochlik, who had recently won the 2012 World Press Photo prize.
Reuters reported that the incident happened when shells hit the house they were staying in, opposition activists and witnesses told them. The French foreign ministry and Associated Press confirmed the deaths of the two.
Al Jazeera reported that 3 journalists were injured in the same house; 1 British and 1 French male journalist and a female French journalist who is in critical condition.
British photographer, Paul Conroy, was also reported to have been seriously injured in the attack. However a new video has emerged allegedly showing Conroy alive.
One of Avaaz's citizen journalists said "I left the house after it got struck and headed to a house across the street. The shelling continues and the bodies of the journalists are still on the ground. We can't get them out because of the intensity of the shelling even though we're only a few metres away from them."
Yesterday, citizen journalist Rami Al Sayed died in Homs. He uploaded more than 800 videos to YouTube and was reporting using Bambuser. Here is his obituary.