Slain American reporter Marie Colvin, killed Feb 22 while reporting in the flashpoint Syrian city of Homs, has been buried in the town where she died, according to an activist video cited by The Associated Press.
The news agency cites YouTube video which purports to show the body of Colvin.
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In the video, the unidentified man who frequently appears in videos sent from the besieged neighborhood of Baba Amr, says the decision was taken to bury Colvin’s body on Monday as power cuts meant it could no longer be refrigerated, according to the AP.
The news agency said the video’s content could not be independently verified. The man is heard to praise the work of Colvin.
The video can be seen here on YouTube.
"Marie Colvin was martyred in Baba Amr because she was sending a heavenly message, a humanitarian message," the man says. "She was telling the truth about what is happening in Baba Amr. May God be merciful to you, Marie, as we bury you in this garden."
A shot in the video shows a white bag opened to show the burned body of a blond Caucasian woman who cannot be recognized.
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Activists say hundreds have died in the month-long siege of Homs. Rebel forces said today they were making a tactical withdrawal as government forces bore down on the town.