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Syrian troops free journalists

Syrian troops have freed three journalists who were seized last week by rebels while covering violence in a suburb of Damascus, state-run TV has said.

Syrian TV said the three journalists from the pro-regime TV station Al-Ikhbariya were freed in a "qualitative operation" in the town of al-Tal, just north of the capital. It did not provide further details.

The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reported heavy shelling on al-Tal during which it said the Al-Ikhbariya team were freed.

The group relies on a network of activists on the ground.

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