Syrian soldiers were told to fire indiscriminately at civilians and raped Syrian women in front of their husbands, reports emerged Sunday morning quoting army defectors who fled to Turkey.
Four soldiers told AFP of instances of rape and murder as Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces crackdown on anti-regime demonstrations throughout the country.
One soldier said the "cleansing" in Rastan in Homs caused him to defect. "We were told that people were armed there. But when we arrived, we saw that they were ordinary civilians. We were ordered to shoot them," he said.
"When we entered the houses, we opened fire on everyone, the young, the old... Women were raped in front of their husbands and children," he said, predicting that there were some 700 deaths, although this has not been verified.