Sunday 20 October 2019

Syria rebel 'cannibal' defends his atrocity

Members of the Free Syrian Army help a wounded fellow fighter in Deir al-Zor
Members of the Free Syrian Army help a wounded fellow fighter in Deir al-Zor

Ruth Sherlock Damascus

A SYRIAN rebel militia leader filmed cutting the heart and organs out of a regime soldier's body and putting it in his mouth has defended his actions as legitimate vengeance.

By mutilating the corpse, Khaled al-Hamad, known by the nom de guerre Abu Sakkar, handed an instant propaganda victory to the Syrian government, which accused the West of ignoring rebel atrocities.

The video purported to show him cutting the lungs out of a soldier's corpse before apparently eating a small piece of the organ. "I swear to God we will eat your hearts, Alawite soldiers of Bashar the dog," he said, referring to supporters of President Bashar al-Assad from the minority Alawite sect.

Speaking to 'Time' magazine, he said he had no regrets about taking revenge – "an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth" – after finding images of regime abuses on the soldier's mobile phone.

In Damascus, Ali Haider, the minister for reconciliation, said: "These type of atrocities have been happening in Syria since the beginning of the crisis. The international community just didn't want to admit it," he said.

Opposition leaders condemned Hamad and the rebels' military council issued a "wanted" poster, demanding that he face punishment. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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