In what is thought to be the first crack in President Bashar al Assad’s regime – Syria’s deputy oil minister has announced his defection.
Appearing on You Tube, Abdo Hussameddin condemned the Syrian regime for its brutality and said he was joining the anti-government revolt.
It makes him the first high ranking civilian official to abandon Assad since the uprising against his rule erupted a year ago.
The authenticity of the video, which was taken at an
undisclosed location, could not be immediately confirmed.