Middle East

Syrian rocket kills 3-men crew from opposition TV

A rebel fighter aims his weapon near the frontline against forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in al-Manshiyeh neighborhood in Deraa December 7, 2014. REUTERS/Wsam Almokdad

BEIRUT: Syrian activists say a government rocket attack in the country's south has killed three staffers working for an opposition-linked TV station.

Activist Ahmad al-Masalmeh says the three were killed Monday when the rocket fired by government forces hit their car in the southern province of Deraa.

He said Tuesday they were driving out of the contested village of Sheikh Maskeen where they had been covering clashes between government troops and opposition fighters.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reported the killing, saying the three included two reporters and a cameraman working for Orient TV.

Dozens of journalists have been killed in Syria since the country's crisis erupted in March 2011. Authorities in Damascus restrict access to independent foreign media while local reporters work under heavy restrictions.





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