Video shows Sunni Syrian rebels burn Shi'ite mosque

By REUTERS
December 14, 2012 15:17

BEIRUT - A video posted on the Internet shows Sunni Muslim rebels burning a Shi'ite mosque in north Syria - a sign that the country's civil war is spiraling into a sectarian conflict.

Dozens of fighters dressed in camouflage gear with Sunni-style beards are shown in the footage congratulating and kissing each other outside the burning Shi'ite 'Husseiniya' mosque. They also burned flags they said were Shi'ite.

A fighter holding a rifle says the rebel group is destroying the "dens of the Shi'ites and Rafida," a derogatory term meaning "deserters," which is used against Shi'ites.

Reuters could not independently verify the video, which was posted on YouTube on Wednesday and purports to be filmed in the northern town of Jisr al-Shughur.


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