Red Cross has bodies of slain journalists

The International Committee of the Red Cross on Friday said it has the bodies of Sunday Times journalist Marie Colvin and French photographer Remi Ochlik, Reuters reported.

"They were handed over in Homs by the Syrian authorities," Red Cross spokeswoman Carla Haddad told Reuters from Geneva.

The Red Cross said the journalists' bodies are being taken to Damascus. 

A spokeswoman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) told the Independent it was in touch in with the Sunday Times and that the paper was making arrangements for repatriation. 

Colvin's mother Rosemarie Colvin had been pleading for her daughter's body to be evacuated from Syria. Colvin was an award-winning journalist with a long track record of covering conflicts. 

"We are going to do it no matter how difficult it is or no matter how long it takes, I want my daughter home," her mother told CNN

Colvin and Ochlik were killed in Syria on Feb. 22 in a rocket attack on a makeshift media center in the besieged Baba Amr district of Homs. 

Ochlik had just won two of photojournalism's top prizes. He had arrived in Homs just one day earlier, the Washington Post said

Several other journalists, including Edith Bouvier, William Daniels and Paul Conroy were also wounded. 

The Red Cross had been kept from entering the area earlier Friday. 

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Videos that surfaced Thursday suggested Colvin and Ochlik had been buried in Baba Amr. 

"A man identified as Dr. Mohammed Ahmed al-Mohammed, who frequently appears in activist videos from Homs, said the bodies were buried on February 27 because the neighborhood was running out of electricity," Metro UK said

It noted that the videos could not be independently verified. 

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