Relatives of slain war correspondent Marie Colvin sue Syrian regime

(CNN)Relatives of the late American war correspondent Marie Colvin have filed a lawsuit against the Syrian government led by Bashar al-Assad, accusing senior officials of hunting down the journalist in a “conspiracy,” court documents obtained by CNN show.

The wrongful-death civil complaint was filed Saturday at a federal court in Washington, D.C., by the Center for Justice & Accountability on behalf of Colvin’s sister and niece. It seeks compensatory and punitive damages.


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“The Syrian Army is simply shelling a city of cold, starving civilians,” she said.
She also spoke of the heartbreak at watching a baby hit by shrapnel die in a poorly-equipped makeshift medical center.
“The baby’s death was just heartbreaking,” she said in the interview. “We just watched this little boy, his little tummy, heaving and heaving as he tried to breathe. It was horrific. My heart broke.”
Colvin, a Yale graduate renowned for reporting on war’s more human consequences, had for years worked in conflict zones and high-risk areas.

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