Sad news from Syria this morning: two Western journalists have been killed as the result of a bombing from government troops in the city of Homs.
CNN contributor and Sunday Times of London reporter Maria Colvin and French journalist Remy Ochlik were among the 45+ civilian victims of the violence in Syria. Reuters reports that shells struck the home where the two reporters were staying. Colvin’s last column for the Sunday Times, titled “As Casualties Rise; Where Is Nato?”, appeared over the weekend.
Colvin, from Oyster Bay, New York, had been a foreign correspondent for Britain’s Sunday Times for two decades, reporting from the world’s most dangerous places. She lost the sight in one eye in Sri Lanka in 2001 but did not let that deter her.
The shelling in Homs has become so dangerous that CNN pulled its own crews out of the region earlier in the day and the network was relying on telephone reports from contributors.
Colvin‘s last report for CNN was filed just last night on Anderson Cooper’s program. Calling the bombing “relentless,” Colvin wondered why nothing was being done to stop the brutal attacks on the 23,000 innocent, poor, starving and freezing people huddled in this city.
(Warning; the video attached contains graphic images of a baby dying after being hurt during the shelling in the city of Homs.)
As this story is still developing, we will update it as more information becomes available.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.