Rebel gunmen storm Syrian TV station, killing 7; Assad: We are at ‘war’

(Sharon’s note: Isn’t it mind-blowing how Assad thinks?)


Rebel gunmen stormed Syria’s pro-government television station on Wednesday, killing at least seven employees just hours after President Bashar Assad declared that the country is at war.

The dawn attack on Al-Ikhbariya television’s offices was “one of the boldest attacks yet on a symbol of the authoritarian state,” Reuters said.

“I heard a small explosion then a huge explosion and gunmen ran in,” an employee of the station said, according to the news service. “They ransacked the offices and entirely destroyed the newsroom.”

[Slideshow: Gunmen attack TV station]

According to an Associated Press photographer, “five portable buildings used for offices and studios had collapsed, with blood on the floor and wooden partitions still on fire. Some walls had bullet holes.”

Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoebi called the attack “a massacre against the freedom of the press.”

“We live in a real state of war from all angles,” Assad said in a speech broadcast on state television late Tuesday. “When we are in a war, all policies and all sides and all sectors need to be directed at winning this war.”


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