Safety and medical treatment for two foreign journalists wounded in Syria, as they finally leave the country. Paul Conroy, who works for the Sunday Times newspaper and Edith Bouvier from French paper Le Figaro have been smuggled out of the besieged city of Homs.
Both have been covertly taken to neighbouring Lebanon, which has been confirmed by authorities in France and the UK.
The two 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 continues despite Sunday’s referendum.
French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe was not swayed by the poll.
“We have gone beyond the limits of barbarity. The numbers, authenticated by international organisations, show that there’ve 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 Juppe.
Official figures show almost 90 per cent of voters approved a new constitution backing President Bashar al-Assad to introduce political reform. However, the poll was boycotted by the opposition.