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Wounded French journalists flown back home

  • French Ambassador to Lebanon Denis Pieton, center, arrives at Hotel Dieu Hospital in Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, March 2, 2012, to check on the wounded French journalists who were trapped at Baba Amr neighborhood and were evacuated to Lebanon. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)

  • A Lebanese Red Cross ambulance believed to be carrying French journalist Edith Bouvier leaves Hotel Dieu Hospital heading to Beirut International Airport, Lebanon, Friday, March 2, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)

  • A Lebanese Red Cross ambulance believed to be carrying French journalist Edith Bouvier leaves Hotel Dieu Hospital heading to Beirut International Airport, Lebanon, Friday, March 2, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)

  • A convoy of Lebanese Red Cross ambulances carry the two wounded French journalists who were trapped at Baba Amr neighborhood in Homs province during the Syrian troops' onslaught, as they arrive at Beirut International Airport, Lebanon, Friday, March 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

  • A convoy of Lebanese Red Cross ambulances carry the two wounded French journalists who were trapped at Baba Amr neighborhood in Homs province during the Syrian troops' onslaught, as they arrive at Beirut International Airport, Lebanon, Friday, March 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

  • An ambulance believed to be carrying wounded French journalist Edith Bouvier is seen at Beirut International Airport, where a plane is preparing to fly her home, Friday, March 2, 2012. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)

BEIRUT: A military plane dispatched by the French government flew two journalists who had been wounded in Syria and then evacuated to Lebanon back to their home country from Beirut Friday.

Sources at Rafik Hariri International Airport said a Falcon 900 private jet arrived around midday under strict security measures to pick up reporter Edith Bouvier, of Le Figaro, and photographer William Daniels.

The two French journalists were evacuated late Thursday from the besieged district of Baba Amr in Homs and whisked to safety in neighboring Lebanon, a security source told The Daily Star earlier Friday.

From the Bekaa Valley, the two were transported to Beirut where they were escorted to Hotel Dieu Hospital by a 20-vehicle convoy dispatched by the French Embassy, the source added.

He said Bouvier was treated for shrapnel wounds to her thigh and is in stable condition.

The source said the French Embassy, in collaboration with Lebanon’s Foreign Ministry, was arranging the departure of both journalists to France on a private jet.

Activists say hundreds of Syrians have been killed and an unknown number wounded in Baba Amr, where Bouvier and Daniels had been trapped.

Two journalists - American Marie Colvin and French Remi Ochlik - were killed in shelling two weeks ago in the Homs neighborhood, which has been besieged by the Syrian Army for a month.

 
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