Rebels Attack Pro-Assad TV Station

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.