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Bodies of Marie Colvin, Remi Ochlik arrive in Paris

As violence and crackdown continues in Syria, the bodies of American journalist Marie Colvin and French photographer Remi Ochlik, who were killed in the besieged Baba Amr neighbourhood, arrive in Paris

AFP , Sunday 4 Mar 2012
Marie Colvin
Members of the Syrian Red Crescent stand around caskets containing the bodies of journalists at Al-Assad University Hospital in Damascus March 3, 2012. (Photo: Reuters)
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The bodies of American journalist Marie Colvin and French photographer Remi Ochlik, killed in the bombardment of a rebel flashpoint in Syria last week, were flown into Paris from Damascus Sunday.

Relatives of Ochlik, who was 28, were there to meet his coffin as the regular Air France flight, via Amman, touched down at Charles de Gaulle airport in the French capital, an airport source said.

Colvin and Ochlik 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.

On Saturday in Syria, France's ambassador to Damascus Eric Chevallier confirmed that the bodies were placed aboard the Air France flight.

The body of Colvin was expected to be flown on to the United States on Monday or Tuesday, according to a representative of her newspaper, Britain's The Sunday Times.

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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