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Wed Feb 29, 2012, 02:44 PM

Spanish reporter escapes Syria to Lebanon

Source: AP

By BEN HUBBARD, Associated Press 1 minute ago

BEIRUT (AP) A Spanish journalist who was trapped in Homs escaped to Lebanon Wednesday as the government threatened a new offensive to "cleanse" a rebel-held neighborhood of the besieged Syrian city.

Javier Espinosa was one of four foreign reporters trapped in the rebel-controlled Baba Amr neighborhood of Homs since a rocket attack last week by Syrian military forces killed two Western journalists and wounded two.

His domestic partner, Monica Garcia Prieto, said he had safely crossed the border into Lebanon. But two French journalists, Edith Bouvier and William Daniels, remain in Baba Amr, she said.

Bouvier and British photographer Paul Conroy were wounded last week in a government rocket attack on a makeshift media center in the city that killed American journalist Marie Colvin and French photographer Remi Ochlik. Conroy was smuggled into Lebanon Tuesday after leaving the neighborhood late Sunday. Activists said 13 Syrians trying to help Conroy get out were killed in the operation.


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Response to maddezmom (Original post)

Wed Feb 29, 2012, 03:06 PM

1. 13 Syrians trying to help Conroy get out were killed in the operation.

Brave people. RIP

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Response to snagglepuss (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 29, 2012, 05:57 PM

4. 13 people that didn't have to die. The Red Cross has safe passage for the reporters.

The "Free Syria Army" or whoever has weapons in that neighborhood, refused to allow the Red Cross ambulances to enter.

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Response to David__77 (Reply #4)

Wed Feb 29, 2012, 07:29 PM

5. Please cite a source.

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Response to snagglepuss (Reply #5)

Wed Feb 29, 2012, 10:38 PM

6. Well...

Google news search string Homs Ambulance Red Cross Blocked... Tons 'o sources

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Response to maddezmom (Original post)

Wed Feb 29, 2012, 03:07 PM

2. been concerned about him

since I posted his last photo from Baba Amr yesterday. Following on Twitter and glad he is safe. The AP is unable to contact any of the activists they have been getting reports from, very grim.

His last Tweet:
JAVIER ESPINOSA ‏ @javierespinosa2
gutters of bab al amar blood-stained

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Response to riverwalker (Reply #2)

Wed Feb 29, 2012, 05:51 PM

3. more details of escape

"Javier Espinosa risked his own rescue when he was separated as he stopped to attend to wounded activists as they were shelled," said Avaaz founder Ricken Patel.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17202311#TWEET89707

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