An image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube on January 29, 2012 shows a Syrian man, who identifies himself as Ibrahim Mohammed Ayub, standing with armed men said to be members of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in the central town of Rastan in the Homs province. (AFP/YouTube)
It looks as if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s thugs went on a killing spree over the weekend.
At least 66 people, including 26 civilians, were killed in violence across the country on Sunday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Meanwhile, Colonel Hussein Harmoush – who in June became the first Syrian military officer to publicly declare his opposition to the regime’s deadly crackdown on protesters – was executed by security forces, the Syrian League for Human Rights said on Monday.
See Harmoush’s video “confession” here:
Egyptian newspaper Al-Masry al-Youm reported on Sunday that Assad’s forces killed 17 family members of defected General Mohammad Khalouf, the former head of the Palestine Unit in the Syrian Intelligence, in an apparent revenge attack.
Earlier reports said that Khalouf and his soldiers (made up of some 300 men) successfully intercepted a convoy heading to the Damascus airport. The convoy reportedly included Bashar al-Assad’s wife, Asma, and kids, his mother Anissa Makhlouf, his cousin Rami Makhlouf and his children.
Like father, like son; it’s clear Assad will resort to abhorrent measures to keep his 40-year family mafia from losing power.
And the drums of war are beating… beating louder than ever.