Marie Colvin, the veteran war correspondent for Britain’s Sunday Times, and French photographer Remi Ochlik have been killed in Syria. Both journalists were in a safe house in Homs when it was hit by heavy artillery. Homs, where most opposition forces have concentrated, has been bombarded by government forces loyal to President Bashar Assad in the past few weeks, leaving hundreds dead, most of them civilian. Three Syrian activists who were reporting on the daily violence, including video blogger Rami al-Sayed, were killed in the same attack, according to The Guardian.
Colvin, born in the United States in 1956, published this article in the Sunday Times just three days ago. Titled “We live in fear of a massacre,” it describes life in a crowded cellar in Homs where over 300 Syrians have taken refuge from bombings: “Foam mattresses are piled against the walls and the children have not seen the light of day since the siege began on February 4. Most families fled their homes with only the clothes on their backs.”
Ochlik was a famed photographer. He had recently won the World Press Photo award for his photo story “The battle for Libya.”