British journalist Paul Conroy, who was wounded by a Syrian Army bombardment on the city that killed two other Western journalists on Feb. 22, was “safe and sound” in Lebanon on Tuesday, a diplomat following his case said.
But French journalist Edith Bouvier, who was with Conroy, is yet to safely arrive in Lebanon after being smuggled out of the besieged Syrian city of Homs, according to Al Arabiya reports.
Avaaz rescue operation
Global campaign organization Avaaz reported that, along with a network of Syrian activists, the organization helped the journalist Paul Conroy escape into Lebanon.
Conroy had been injured and trapped in Baba Amr, Homs for six days under continuous Syrian government shelling. The three other journalists Javier Espinosa, Edith Bouvier and William Daniels remain unaccounted for,” said Avaaz.
The organization apparently worked with over 35 Syrian activists who volunteered to help in the rescue.
Avaaz also declared that “while Paul Conroy successfully escaped the city, ten activists died bringing relief supplies into Baba Amr. This operation was carried by Syrians with the help of Avaaz. No other agency was involved. “
Ricken Patel. Executive Director of Avaaz said: “Paul Conroy’s rescue today is a huge relief but this must be tempered with the news that three remain unaccounted for and with our respects for the incredibly courageous activists who died during the evacuation attempts. The rescue is ongoing and we are deeply disappointed that sections of the media broke this story before all the journalists are safe. The world must now listen carefully to the human horror stories that Paul will tell and act to end this bloodbath and deliver the urgent relief and protection to the people of Syria.”