Body of U.S. reporter killed in Syria ‘to go home’

By Agence France-Presse
Sunday, March 4, 2012 11:35 EDT
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PARIS — The body of US journalist Marie Colvin, killed in Syria along with French photographer Remi Ochlik, is to be repatriated “as soon as possible” after arriving in Paris on Sunday, the US embassy said.

“I can confirm that her remains are here and will be repatriated to the US as soon as possible,” US embassy spokeswoman Sophie Roy-Sultan told AFP.

The bodies of Colvin, 56, and Ochlik, 28, arrived in Paris from Damascus early on Sunday after they were killed in a rocket attack in the rebel Baba Amr neighbourhood of the besieged Syrian city Homs on February 22.

The bodies had been formally identified in Damascus on Friday by French and Polish diplomats.

Colvin’s employer, Britain’s Sunday Times, said earlier that her body was expected to be flown to the United States on Monday or Tuesday.

French reporter Edith Bouvier of Le Figaro newspaper and British photographer Paul Conroy were wounded in the same attack that killed their colleagues.

The Syrian regime is facing international condemnation as it continues to block the Red Cross from delivering desperately needed aid to Baba Amr.

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