Daily Israel Report

Video: Wounded Journalist Smuggled from Homs to Lebanon

British photographer Paul Conroy, wounded in the deadly shelling of Homs, has been smuggled out of Syria into Lebanon.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 2/28/2012, 1:06 PM

London Times photographer Paul Conroy, wounded in the deadly shelling of Homs, has been smuggled out of Syria into Lebanon.  

He and French photojournalist Edith Bouvier, who still is stuck in Syria, survived the deadly shelling of Homs that killed American journalist Marie Colvin and French photojournalist Remi Ochlik on Wednesday. Attempts to remove their bodies have been unsuccessful.

Below is a video of Conroy speaking from a secret location in Syria while being treated by the Free Syrian Army for his wounds.

Earlier attempts to evacuate Conroy failed. He said that the Syrian arm of the Red Crescent offered to rescue him, but he did not trust them.

Conroy suffered three wounds in his leg during the massive shelling that killed Colvin and Ochlik. he appealed for assistance to save him, and his anti-regime protectors expressed concern that they did not know how long their secret location would be safe.

The bombardment of Homs is now in its 25th day, and the death toll of hundreds brings the number of known casualties in the year-long rebellion to more than 7,000. The actual figure is probably much higher. Dozens of bodies were found dumped on the outskirts of the city, the Washington Post reported.

Syrian President Bashar Assad sent an elite armored division, commanded by his brother, into Homs Tuesday.

The international community has not been able to influence Assad to stop the brutal slaughter of the opposition, and Assad is enjoying help from Syria and China in resisting United nations sanctions. The United States has condemned Assad but has declined to arm the opposition.