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A journalist's plea from Syria

Friday, February 24, 2012 - 02:50

Feb. 23 - A seriously wounded French journalist stranded in the Syrian city of Homs calls for a ceasefire. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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A day after two Western journalists were killed in Syria - a plea for help from wounded journalist Edith Bouvier. (SOUNDBITE) (French) WOUNDED FRENCH JOURNALIST EDITH BOUVIER SAYING: "Hello, I'm Edith Bouvier, a French journalist on assignment to Syria with a group of journalists. It is Thursday 23 February, it is nearly 1500 in the afternoon. We were wounded in an attack that took place yesterday, Wednesday morning, with the group of journalists in which Marie Colvin and Remi Ochlik were killed. My leg is broken, right down the femur in all its length and horizontally as well. I need most urgently to be operated on. The doctors here treated us very well, as well as they can. But they can't carry out any operations. So I urgently need for a ceasefire to be put into place and that a medicalized car or ambulance in a good state can take us to Lebanon to be treated as swiftly as possible." Her plea comes as violence continues to rage in Homs. Photographer William Daniels is also calling for help. (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH PHOTOGRAPHER WILLIAM DANIELS SAYING: "Just after the attack, we were transported to a place where we were treated. They took good care of us, they continue to take good care of us. They transported us to another location away from the hospital because the hospital is being targeted with bombs. The people are taking care of us and coming to see us. We try to communicate with the outside world as well as we can. Yesterday, I managed to have access to the internet by going to the other end of the neighborhood. It's very dangerous to go to that place and what is more the connections don't work well. So we concerted and we thought that this video could help us tell everyone what our situation is here." Several hundred people have been killed in the daily bombings of Homs. Residents fear President Bashar al-Assad will subject the city to the same treatment his late father inflicted on the town of Hama some 30 years ago when 10,000 people were killed. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters

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A journalist's plea from Syria

Friday, February 24, 2012 - 02:50