Al Jazeera airs call by defecting Syrian officer

June 7, 2011 13:12


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

BEIRUT - Al Jazeera aired footage on Tuesday of what it said was a defecting Syrian lieutenant calling on other soldiers to stand up against President Bashar Assad and stop repressing protests against his rule.

The man, who identified himself as First Lieutenant Abdul Razzaq 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".

"After what we've seen from crimes in Deraa and all over Syria, I am unable to continue with the Syrian Arab army," he said in the footage aired on Al Jazeera television.

Deraa is the southern Syrian city where the uprising against Assad began 11 weeks ago before spreading to other parts of the country. Tlas said he witnessed "violations" in Deraa, including a security officer killing a civilian in the nearby village of Inkhil.

Related Content

Breaking news
July 19, 2018
General: No big shifts expected from U.S. assessment of Afghan war