Paul Conroy's evacuation from the Syrian city of Homs was a 26-hour ordeal that began on Sunday night. The Sunday Times photographer, who had been injured in the shell blast that killed his colleague Marie Colvin, was carried on a stretcher in relays out of the besieged and shell-smashed suburb of Baba Amr and to safety over the Lebanese border nearly 20 miles away, crossing the border in the early hours.

In a day of confusion, news of Conroy's evacuation leaked out on Tuesday despite efforts to keep a media blackout.

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