Syria Rebel Filmed Biting Into Soldier's Heart
Human Rights Watch calls it a war crime
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted May 14, 2013 8:56 AM CDT
This citizen journalism image shows a destroyed Syrian tank in the al-Qossur neighborhood in Homs province, Syria, Monday, May 13, 2013.   (AP Photo/Lens Young Homsi)

(Newser) – A Syrian rebel has been caught on video apparently cutting a dead soldier's heart from his body then taking a bite from it. "I swear to God we will eat your hearts and your livers, you soldiers of Bashar the dog," says the rebel, identified by Human Rights Watch as noted rebel figure Abu Sakkar of Homs. HRW calls the act a war crime, and Syria's leading opposition coalition has promised a trial, the BBC reports. "The mutilation of the bodies of enemies is a war crime. But the even more serious issue is the very rapid descent into sectarian rhetoric and violence," an HRW rep tells Reuters.

Sakkar is seen telling his followers to "slaughter the Alawites"—Assad's sect—"and take their hearts out to eat them" in an unedited clip, the HRW spokesman says. The video hasn't been independently authenticated, reports note. Sakkar has appeared in other videos from the Syrian crisis, including one in which he poses with the corpse of a fighter with Hezbollah, which is supporting Syria's government, HRW notes. RT News has blurry, though graphic, images from the video.

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May 27, 2013 11:19 AM CDT
Well it seems we have a lot of very uneducated people here. Please read up a little on what is going on there before you make false statements. With that said, the U.S. should not get any more involved than they have. They jumped the gun once again and are not real sure on which direction to go. Until they decided to agree with Russia.Which is what they should have done from the start. There is no end to that war but a political solution. And that is not going to remove the leader. If the regime does by chance get forced out, that would be "Our" meaning The United States Of America's worst nightmare. Do you people not realize that the rebels over there are terrorists? They are the same people we've been after for more than a decade. Our government once again was going to send weapons and logistical support to the people we've been at war with for well over a decade. I'm ashamed that our intelligence got it wrong once again. I thought Bush and Cheney fooled us all. And now the Obama administration,when will we learn? I'm afraid we will never learn actually. We need to take care of what we have here. Syria, Libya and Iraq? By the way, Iran has no incentive to not seek nuclear weapons. Look what happened to Libya's leader when he did. And any other nation that we've made or paid to give up weapons of mass destruction. They're all dead. I'm starting to think that the U.S. is the real terrorist and that about makes me sick to say. It pisses me off that this nation has turned in to what it has. If we would not try to run the world, the world would not want us dead. Our leaders have the blood of hundreds of thousands of innocent women and children on their hands and no one here in the U.S. seems a bit bothered by it. Is there any humanity left at all in the world?
May 15, 2013 10:59 AM CDT
yeap we have really evolved past caveman status eh
May 14, 2013 8:49 PM CDT
Beginning to wonder if Assad has anything on these guys when it comes to atrocities.