Syrian dissidents were on Tuesday fearing a harsh crackdown after the authorities warned of a forceful response to what they said was a massacre of 120 policemen in the town of Jisr al-Shughur.
“Scores of military vehicles loaded with soldiers are travelling on the Harasta highway... They are probably headed to Jisr al-Shughur for a new massacre... Please be careful,” the Syrian Revolution 2011, an anti-regime Facebook group spurring protests, posted on Tuesday.
Al Jazeera airs call by defecting Syrian officer
Al Jazeera aired footage of what it said was a defecting Syrian lieutenant calling on other soldiers to stand up against president Bashar al-Assad and stop repressing protests against his rule.
The man, First Lieutenant AbdulRazzaq Mohammed Tlas from the town of Rastan in Homs province, said he joined the army “with the aim of protecting the people ... from the Israeli enemy”.
(AFP, Al Jazeera)