Daily Israel Report

Video: Syrian Tank Units Join Opposition

Video footage shows two Syrian tanks join opposition forces. Civil war lurks as dozens of loyalist soldiers are killed.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 12/18/2011, 2:59 PM

Video footage of two Syrian tanks joining opposition forces adds further evidence of a full-scale civil war, as the opposition officially announces that every loyalist soldier is a legitimate target. 

More than 20 Syrian soldiers were killed Friday and Saturday, and activists said six more were shot dead in heavy gun battles Sunday. One of those killed was an officer in the province of Homs, near the Lebanese border.

Lebanese media reported that hundreds more Syrians have crossed the border despite land mines that the Assad regime has planted to prevent civilians from escaping the carnage and soldiers from defecting.

More than 300 Syrian deserters reportedly were battling troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Arab countries may appeal to the United Nations Security Council to accept their proposals for ending the violence after Assad continues to officially accept them while also continuing to mow down civilians at will. He has defended himself by saying he has no control over every Syrian soldier.

Qatar's foreign minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani said, "If this matter is not solved in the weeks ahead, or couple of months, it will no longer be in Arab control. That is what we told the Syrians from the beginning."