Two Western journalists — one French and one American — have reportedly been killed by military shelling in the besieged Syria city of Homs. Anti-government activists say that a house being used by both protesters and media was hit by a rocket, killing the two reporters along with several others. Like almost everything coming out of Syria, the report has not been independently confirmed, due to the difficulty of movement and restrictions on outside media entering the country. Two other journalists are believed to have been wounded in the attack.
Reuters is now reporting that the two individuals killed are Marie Colvin, an American working for Britain's Sunday Times, and French photographer Remi Ochlik. You can see some of Ochilik's photographs taken while covering Arab Spring protests across the region at his website. Colvin, a veteran war zone reporter who covered conflicts from Bosnia to Southeast Asia, was known partly for a distinctive eyepatch that she wore since 2001, after losing her left eye to shrapnel while on assignment in Sri Lanka. In phone interviews given just yesterday, Colvin described seeing a young child die after his house was bombed and called the situation in Homs, "absolutely sickening.”