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Gunman’s last victim Policeman shot and blinded by Raoul Moat kills himself in despair
St Paul’s protesters evicted Police and bailiffs move in to clear tents from cathedral grounds
Hidden depths Fim director James Cameron leads real-life race to bottom of sea
ECB hands banks €530bn Central bank pumps out money to avert disastrous credit crunch
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There were three winners of Saturday’s £4.1m jackpot and two winners of Wednesday’s £7.0m prize
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By Sarah Titterton THE world will look back in shame at the “indiscriminate massacre” that President Bashar al-Assad’s regime is carrying out in Syria, according to Paul Conroy, the Sunday Times photographer who was seriously wounded in the city of Homs.
Giving an emotional interview from his hospital bed in London last Friday, Mr Conroy compared the killing in Homs to the Srebrenica massacre, adding that the time for talking was past.
“As I’m talking to you now, people are dying,” he told Sky News. “There was no restraint with the cameras there. God knows what’s happening now the cameras are gone.”
Mr Conroy managed to escape into neighbouring Lebanon after suffering leg injuries in the same bombardment that killed his colleague, Marie Colvin, and Rémi Ochlik, a French photographer, on Feb 22.
Homs had suffered a “sustained barrage” that was “absolutely indiscriminate” said Mr Conroy. The “massacre and the killing are at full tilt”, he said. “I don’t know how people can stand by and watch this.”
Mr Conroy, 47, an experienced freelance photographer from Totnes, Devon, said the shelling had begun “religiously” every day at 6am and was worse than anything he had experienced in other war zones.
Syrian forces were “systematic in moving through neighbourhoods with munitions that are used for battlefields,” he said, adding that “men, women and children” were cowering in houses and “beyond shellshock”.
The Homs he left had been a city of “rooms full of people waiting to die”. He said: “They see nothing other than waiting for the moment the soldiers come in or the shell comes through the door.”
Mr Conroy escaped after five days sheltering in one building. “I came out and the street was gone,” he said. “And in every one of those houses there were people.”
He continued: “People brought me in half a baby, saying ‘where’s the help?’. And I have no answer. I don’t know how we can stand by and watch this. It’s not a war, it’s a massacre, it’s the indiscriminate massacre of men, women and children.”
Mr Conroy added: “In the years to come we’re going to look back, we’re going to have the shame of sitting back and watching it again, as in Srebrenica, as in Rwanda, and we’re going to say, ‘how did we let this happen under our nose?’.”
The French journalists William Daniels and Edith
British photographer Paul Conroy finally in hospital in London after being evacuated from Homs
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last Friday. “It is unacceptable that people who have been in need of emergency assistance for weeks have still not received any help,” said Jakob Kellenberger, the president of the ICRC. “We reiterate the appeal … for a daily two-hour halt in the fighting to allow humanitarian assistance.”
Elsewhere, opposition protesters in the town of Rastan came under rocket fire, which killed 12 people, including five children. Mr Cameron accused the regime of “butchering its own people”, describing the situation in Homs as “truly terrible – it is a scene of medieval barbarity”.
He said: “The world must come together to condemn the killing. I say to the Russians and the Chinese, ‘look hard at the suffering of Syria and think again about supporting this criminal regime’.”
The Prime Minister said that Britain would document the atrocities in Syria with the aim of preparing future prosecutions. “We should do more to make sure that those who are responsible for atrocities are held to account. We need to document their crimes, it needs to be written down, we need to make sure that the evidence is there.”
He added: “We will make sure, as we did in Serbia, that there is a day of reckoning for those who are responsible.”
The Foreign Office will send researchers to the region this week to begin this process by interviewing victims. It will also start training Syrian activists on how to collate legally admissible evidence.
The team’s work will not be designed with a specific court in mind, but given Mr Cameron’s robust language, the Government is likely to be preparing for the eventual referral of Mr Assad and other senior figures in Syria’s regime to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. Only the UN Security Council could refer Syria to the ICC, a decision that would require Chinese and Russian approval.
But both countries are beginning to distance themselves from Mr Assad. Last Thursday they approved the Security Council statement calling for aid agencies to be allowed into stricken areas of Syria.
Navi Pillay, the UN’s high commissioner for human rights, has repeatedly urged the referral of the regime to the ICC. She ordered a commission of inquiry, which drew up a sealed list of names in the Syrian establishment who would be liable for prosecution at the court in The Hague. Mr Assad is assumed to be included on the list, since officials said it went to the “highest levels”.
Bouvier, who was wounded in the attack that killed Marie Colvin, flew home to France last Friday, where they were greeted by President Nicolas Sarkozy.
The bodies of Marie Colvin and Rémi Ochlik were removed from Homs by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The corpses had been left inside the city during the bombardment and two previous attempts to recover them failed, leading to reports that Syrian rebels had buried them. But the ICRC confirmed the bodies had been handed over and were being transported to Damascus.
“Marie was a unique person. To work with her was just an absolute privilege,” said Mr Conroy. “She was tenacious, one of the bravest people I know.”
Javier Espinosa, a correspondent for the Spanish newspaper El Mundo, also escaped from Homs after being trapped in the bombardment. He told the BBC that he joined a convoy of nearly 50 people that tried to flee Homs under cover of darkness.
“You had to cross through the lines of the army,” he said. But the terror of the children travelling in the convoy was too great. “The kids were very afraid. They were crying, and saying, ‘Mummy, mummy, mummy’, and I think that noise was the one that alerted the army. They started shooting — they started shooting all around, so we had to run for our lives.”
In the chaos, he and two others were separated from the group. Through a stroke of luck, he said they recognised the route out to Lebanon because it was the same way he had entered.
“So we managed to escape,” he said. “We arrived at a house and the people inside helped us.”
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