Red Cross: Bodies of slain reporters in our care
French photographer Remi Ochlik and Sunday Times in London of journalist Marie Colvin. / AP Photo
(AP) GENEVA - The International Committee of the Red Cross says it now has the bodies of two foreign reporters killed in Syria and is taking them to Damascus.
Red Cross spokesman Bijan Farnoudi told The Associated Press on Friday the group is transporting the remains of American reporter Marie Colvin and French photographer Remi Ochlik to the Syrian capital.
The two reporters were killed in the besieged Syrian city of Homs last month.
Meanwhile, two French journalists who were smuggled out of Syria have arrived in France.
Edith Bouvier, who was injured, and William Daniels were caught up in a Syrian government siege of a rebel-held neighborhood in the city of Homs.
Bouvier was injured during a rocket attack that killed Colvin and Ochlik and wounded a British photographer, Paul Conroy. Daniels was not hurt in the attack.
On Thursday, videos released by activists in Syria said Colvin and Ochlik were buried in Baba Amr. But the Syrian government obscured the picture by saying it had disinterred their bodies and would repatriate them.
In one video, a man says he is in a cemetery in the neighborhood of Baba Amr, where Colvin was killed.
The man, who is unidentified but frequently appears in videos from the neighborhood, says activists decided to bury her on Feb. 27 because they did not have electricity to keep her body refrigerated, and it had started to decay.
"Marie Colvin was martyred in Baba Amr because she was sending a heavenly message, a humanitarian message," he says, appearing to be on the verge of tears. "She was telling the truth about what is happening in Baba Amr. May got be merciful to you, Marie, as we bury you in this garden."
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