(CBS News) -- Two Western journalists, including veteran American reporter Marie Colvin, were killed in intense shelling by President Bashar Assad's regime in the central town of Homs on Wednesday, according to Syrian activists and the French government.
Activists said both were killed in the shelling of a makeshift media center in the hard-hit neighborhood of Baba Amr early Wednesday morning.
The journalists were identified as veteran American reporter Marie Colvin, who works for The Sunday Times of Britain, and French photojournalist Remi Ochlik.
Both had been working on the front lines of uprisings in the Arab world for months. Their identities were confirmed by the French government Wednesday morning.
An image from a video posted on Youtube by Syrian opposition activists shows rubble at a building in the Baba Amr area of Homs where two Western journalists were allegedly killed by government shelling, Feb. 22, 2012.
Eyewitness reporting live from Baba Amr via Skype said their bodies, along with as many as six others, were still trapped under rubble.
The continuous shelling by regime forces was preventing the bodies being removed, according to the activists.
Opposition members said at least three other Western journalists were wounded in the shelling of the makeshift media center - one of them critically - but that the necessary medical care could not be provided as Homs was under continued attack.