Syrian TV Station Obliterated

    In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency, SANA, a Syrian man stands inside a burnt room of al-Ikhbariya TV station which was destroyed after being attacked by gunmen, in the town of Drousha, about 20 kilometers (14 miles) south of Damascus, Syria, Wednesday, June 27, 2012. Gunmen raided the headquarters of a pro-government Syrian TV station early Wednesday, demolishing the building and killing several employees, the state media reported. Syrian officials denounced what they called a rebel "massacre against the freedom of the press." (AP Photo/SANA)

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    A siege on a pro-government TV channel has killed three and left the building demolished in Syria. Gunmen attacking Ikhbariya TV also blew up the newsroom, in Drusha, south of Damascus. Rebels claim that the attackers are defectors from a group of "loyal" Assad defenders. The TV station had been targeted by European Union sanctions on Monday. Hours before the attack, President Bashar al-Assad had told members of his cabinet that the country is in a “real state of war,” and the U.N.’s deputy envoy says the violence has “reached or surpassed” levels before the April ceasefire deal.

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