Activists: Syrian rocket attack in south kills 3 staffers from opposition-linked TV station

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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 on Monday when the rocket fired by government forces hit their car in the southern province of Daraa.

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.