Marie Colvin killed in Syria bombing

As the fighting continues to mount in the Syrian city of Homs another female reporter has been killed

As the overall death toll in Syria reaches 7,636 since the conflict began in March 2011, another war reporter has lost her life alongside a French photographer trying to capture the sickening scenes in Homs.

Marie Colvin, the american journalist working for the Sunday Times, died in the besieged city of Homs when shells hit the house in which the two war reporters were staying.

Ms Colvin, known for her black eye-patch after she lost her left eye due to shrapnel while working in Sri Lanka in 2001, was killed by a rocket as she tried to escape. She was the only journalist from a British newspaper in Homs.

Only yesterday, Ms Colvin reported the sickening bloodshed in a video for the BBC. She described how she had watched a little baby die in the conflict.

‘There is just shells, rockets and tank fire pouring into civilian areas of this city and it is just unrelenting,’ she said.

‘The scale of human tragedy in the city is immense. The inhabitants are living in terror. Almost every family seems to have suffered the death or injury of a loved one.’

In 2010, Ms Colvin spoke of the dangers of reporting on war zone, reminding us of other war reporters, such as British photographer Tim Hetherington, who was killed in Libya last year and news correspondent Lara Logan, who suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault at the hands of a mob as she reported from Cairo.

The United States and its allies hope to begin drawing up plans for Syria this week after Russia and China vetoed a Western-backed Arab League peace plan at the UN Security Council.

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