British photographer Paul Conroy is 'safely in Lebanon', the Foreign Office has confirmed.
British photographer Paul Conroy is ‘safely in Lebanon’, the Foreign Office has confirmed.
A spokesman for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) told Amateur Photographer: ‘We can now confirm that injured British journalist Paul Conroy is safely in Lebanon where he is receiving full consular assistance from our Embassy.’
Conroy was injured in an attack that killed veteran Sunday Times correspondent Marie Colvin and young French photographer Rémi Ochlik.
They died when the house in which the journalists were staying, in the city of Homs, was shelled.
Bouvier was wounded in the same attack on the house, which was serving as a makeshift media centre.
Yesterday the FCO confirmed that the British Ambassador in Damascus was pressing the Syrian authorities for assistance to enable Conroy to leave Syria, and for Colvin?s body to be returned to her family.
Conroy?s injuries were not thought to be life-threatening.
However, reports that the photographer had left Syria last week later proved to be incorrect as concern grew over whether he was receiving adequate medical attention for shrapnel wounds to his leg and abdomen.
The first rescue mission failed amid suggestions that Conroy had refused to be taken by Syrian Red Crescent ambulances, fearing it may be a ploy to capture him.
After the rocket attacks, it was understood that Conroy had been taken to hospital in Syria, having received help from opposition forces who had moved him from the site of the shelling.
Negotiations between the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Syrian authorities were continuing, as the whereabouts of the bodies of Colvin and Ochlik remained unclear.
Last week, photo agency Eyevine expressed its shock at news that French photographer Rémi Ochlik, 28, lost his life in the same attack.
Ochlik ? who worked for French agency Bureau233 ? last month won first prize in the World Press Photo General News category, for one of his Battle for Libya images.
Conroy, a seasoned war photographer and cameraman, is head of photography and film at Reflex TV.
He covered the capture and death of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in Libya for the Sunday Times last year.
In 2011 Conroy was shortlisted, along with Marie Colvin, in the TV category of the Prix Bayeux-Calvados awards for their work in Libya.