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Smuggled pictures show Syrian soldiers' dilemma

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Smuggled pictures show Syrian soldiers' dilemma


Euronews has received a video testimonial from a Syrian army soldier who says some troops are disobeying orders to fire at pro-democracy protesters.

The soldier told a Syrian journalist how members of his division ignored instructions to kill civilians.

The authenticity of this video has been independently verified by euronews.

The soldier in the video says: “We didn’t find a group of armed men as we were told we would, but just an ordinary protest. They were chanting slogans calling for freedom and the fall of the regime. We were surprised that the security forces were firing at protesters for no reason, including women and children. We received the order from our officers to shoot anything that moves, even unarmed children and the elderly in Harasta. We were got close to them, we threw our arms on the ground and the people protected us. When our officers saw that, they opened fire on us. One of my colleague was hit in the shoulder but we succeeded in taking him into hiding.”

The six-week-old Syrian uprising has claimed over 550 lives as a result of a brutal government crackdown on the protests.

Earlier on Tuesday, a leading rights activist said at least 1,000 people have been arrested in the past two days alone.

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