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Syria: Marie Colvin And Remi Ochlik's Bodies Recovered

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Marie Colvin, who was killed in Syria
Marie Colvin, who was killed in Syria

The body of a British newspaper journalist killed in Syria arrived in Damascus on Friday night after being handed over by the Syrian authorities.

Acclaimed war reporter Marie Colvin, who wrote for The Sunday Times, and French photographer Remi Ochlik were killed in a rocket attack in the besieged Baba Amr area of the city of Homs last week.

Their deaths fuelled renewed calls for urgent international action to avert a humanitarian disaster in Syria where more than 7,500 civilians have died at the hands of brutal leader president Bashar Assad.

Tonight photographer Paul Conroy, who was injured alongside Ms Colvin, told reporters that working with her had been an "absolute privilege".

Speaking from his hospital bed in London, Mr Conroy said: "Marie was a unique person. To work with her was just an absolute privilege.

"She was tenacious - one of the bravest people I know and to be quite honest, we never get the choice of how we die, but Marie died doing something she was completely passionate about."

Mr Conroy said he feared for what would happen in Syria with no cameras or journalists there to report.

He said: "It's an attempt to massacre. It's horrifying to think that this is the part we're seeing.

"Once the cameras are gone, as they are now, God knows what's happening. Any talking now is too late."

Mr Conroy said that despite reports that many people have fled Homs, there are still thousands of people there, living in "bombed out wrecks" and "waiting to die".

When asked what he thought the people of Homs and Syria would want him to say on their behalf, Mr Conroy added: "I would say 'somebody please forget the geo-politics, forget the meetings, forget all of that, do something', because as I'm talking to you now they're dying.

"They would say please send help. They need help. This is beyond meetings."

Earlier today, Prime Minister David Cameron vowed that Syrians involved in "butchering" their own people would face a "day of reckoning", adding that supporters of President Bashar Assad's "criminal regime" have blood on their hands.

A spokeswoman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said: "We have been in touch with the Sunday Times and they are making arrangements for repatriation with the relevant authorities."

The news came as it was announced French journalists Edith Bouvier and William Daniels had arrived back in their country after being smuggled out of Syria.

On Thursday a Youtube video claiming to show the video of Colvin emerged.

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