Sunday Times photographer, 47-year-old Paul Conroy faced a similar fate when he was in effect trapped in Homs, and injured. Media footage had showed him appealing for help and an escape and yesterday there were reports that his wife wanted authorities to break any necessary protocol and get him home. In the same situation wouldn't we all make such demands?
Today the good news is that he is reportedly out of Syria and in the Lebanon. The BBC has reported that Paul was smuggled out of the devastated city by Free Syria Army members and opponents of the Assad regime.
Mr Conroy had been trapped with French journalist Edith Bouvier who's whereabouts are not known. Homs continues to take a battering from the regime forces and the political wrangling and war of words continues too.