13 Syrians Killed Saving Injured British Journalist

Paul Conroy smuggled from Homs into Lebanon

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 29, 2012 3:31 AM CST

(Newser) – The wounded British photographer who was spirited out of the besieged Syrian city of Homs to safety in Lebanon escaped at a terrible cost to the rebels who helped him. Activists say 13 of their number were killed by snipers and shelling in the drive to rescue Paul Conroy and three other injured Western journalists, AP reports. Conroy was injured in the leg in the same attack that killed his Sunday Times colleague, Marie Colvin, and a French photographer.

The rescue party split up after it came under attack from Syrian government forces while trying to leave Homs, and the fate of the three other journalists is unclear, the Telegraph notes. The United Nations, which estimates that attempts to crush the uprising are now claiming the lives of more than 100 civilians a day, is working on a resolution to end the hostilities, and allow humanitarian aid to reach Homs and other areas.

Paul Conroy of the Sunday Times lies wounded in a makeshift clinic in Homs, Syria
Paul Conroy of the Sunday Times lies wounded in a makeshift clinic in Homs, Syria   (AP Photo/Shaam News Network via Associated Press Television News)
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