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French journalist wounded in Syria pleads for cease-fire [Video]

February 23, 2012 | 11:47 am

A French journalist badly wounded this week in the same attack in Syria that killed veteran journalist Marie Colvin and photographer Remi Ochlik pleads that she urgently needs an operation to repair her broken leg in this video, uploaded Thursday to YouTube by Syrian opposition activists. 

Edith Bouvier was wounded during shelling as journalists were trying to flee a house in the restive city of Homs.

In the video, Bouvier says that she is being treated well by doctors in a makeshift clinic, but that they can't perform the surgery she needs. The French journalist says she needs a cease-fire so that she can be evacuated to Lebanon for urgent treatment.

"The femur is entirely broken lengthwise as well as horizontally," Bouvier pleads in French. "I need an operation as quickly as possible."

After Bouvier speaks, photographer William Daniels adds that they were being treated well, but that it is dangerous for them in Syria, with no electricity or food.

France has asked Syria to help organize an evacuation for Bouvier, the Agence France-Presse reported. Paul Conroy, a British photographer from the Sunday Times, also was wounded in the shelling and is seeking help getting out of the country.

Media freedom group Reporters Without Borders alleged that the building "was believed to have been deliberately targeted, since it was public knowledge that it was used regularly by journalists."

Opposition activists and international human rights groups have accused Syria of attacking civilian areas indiscriminately. The regime says it is fending off attacks from terrorists and denies attacking civilians or journalists. Syrian officials said they did not even know Colvin and Ochlik were in the country.


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Video: French journalist Edith Bouvier talks about her injuries. Credit: YouTube