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Journalists Marie Colvin and Remi Ochlik Die in Homs

Two prominent Western journalists have been killed in the Syrian city of Homs in the latest violence in the besieged city which left 60 people dead.

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Sunday Times reporter Marie Colvin, an American, and award-winning French photographer Remi Ochlik died when a shell hit a makeshift media center in the Baba Amr district.

Troops have been shelling opposition-held areas of Homs, besieged for weeks. Thousands have died in unrest against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad.

More than 40 people died on Tuesday alone, including Rami al-Sayed, a man who broadcast a live video stream from Homs used by world media.

The Red Cross has called on the government and rebels to agree to a daily ceasefire, to allow medical supplies to reach the worst affected areas and get civilians out, but there is no sign yet of this being agreed.

Colvin and Ochlik were reportedly staying in a house in Baba Amr that was being used by activists as a media center when it was hit by a shell on Wednesday morning.

More from Syria on Wednesday: Syrian Citizen-Journalist Rami al-Sayyed Dies During Homs Shelling

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