Two Western journalists wounded in Syria has been receiving medical treatment after finally being evacuated from the country. British photographer Paul Conroy, who works for the Sunday Times newspaper and Edith Bouvier from French paper Le Figaro were smuggled out of the besieged city of Homs.
Both have been covertly taken to neighbouring Lebanon, according to Syrian opposition sources.
They were hurt in an attack in Homs last Wednesday, during which two other foreign journalists were killed – American Marie Colvin and French photographer Remi Ochlik.
Deadly daily bombardment of the city, which has lasted for almost four weeks, continues despite Sunday’s referendum.
French Foreign Minister Alain Juppé was not swayed by the vote.
“We have gone beyond the limits of barbarity. The numbers, authenticated by international organisations, show that there have been around 8,000 deaths. Hundreds of children who have been killed, even tortured.
“And when I see the Syrian president parading around this voting station in Damascus for this phoney referendum, it is a profound indignation we feel, all of us who see this spectacle,” said Juppé.
Official figures show almost 90 percent of voters approved a new constitution backing President Bashar al-Assad to introduce political reform. However, the poll was boycotted by the opposition.