French paper trying to contact reporter hurt in Syria

23rd February 2012, Comments 0 comments

French daily Le Figaro said on Thursday it was trying to get in contact with journalist Edith Bouvier, amid concerns that she requires surgery after she sustained leg injuries in Syria.

Bouvier was among a group of journalists hurt Wednesday during shelling in the Syrian city of Homs. US journalist Marie Colvin of The Sunday Times and freelance French photojournalist Remi Ochlik were killed.

Le Figaro said it had talked to Bouvier on Wednesday, when a video surfaced on the Internet showing her conscious and responsive but with bandaged legs.

Bouvier needs surgery because of displaced fractures, said a Le Figaro executive, who has been in touch with the foreign ministry and the Red Cross to coordinate an evacuation.

"Because the bombings are particularly intense, no one has been able to climb to the roof to use a satellite phone," said a spokesman for the global press watchdog Reporters Without Borders.

Syrian regime forces are bombarding rebel neighbourhoods of Homs for the 20th consecutive day, according to activists and aid workers.

"We hear terrifying, appalling explosions," said local anti-regime activist Hadi Abdallah from Baba Amr, the neighbourhood where the journalists were killed on Wednesday.

© 2012 AFP

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