American war correspondent Marie Colvin killed in Homs, Syria

The two journalists killed in Syria were identified as veteran American war correspondent Marie Colvin and French photojournalist Remi Ochlik.

According to the Culture Minister of France, Frederic Mitterrand, both the journalists were trying to escape a bombardment in the rebel city of Homs, where they died.

“It’s absolutely overwhelming, terrible,” said Mitterrand.

Marie Colvin was a well-known media correspondent with an experience of over 30 years. She was covering the Middle East for more than 20 years, and also reported from East Timor, Chechnya, Kosovo and Sri Lanka where she was wounded in an ambush and lost her left eye. She wore a distinctive eye patch after the incident.

In her youth, Colvin received education at Yale University. She had been working with the Sunday Times since 1986. She received awards for her reporting from Chechnya, where she was trapped in fire.

Richard Ellis, a former colleague at the Sunday Times who is now executive director, editorial at the Telegraph Media Group, paid tribute to the late Colvin.

“She was one of the most charming and delightful war correspondents you will ever come across. She had amazing tenacity and bravery and I was always in awe of the way she came back from the injuries she suffered in Sri Lanka.”

The upheaval in the city of Homs has been continued for 19 continuous days. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the death toll, since March 2011, has reached up to 7,636 people; including 5,542 civilians, 1,692 soldiers and police, and 400 rebel fighters.

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