By Staff Reporter, May 14, 2013 10:59 AM EDT
(PHOTO CREDIT: YouTube)
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The war in Syria progresses and the lines are getting murky when it comes to war crimes.
A new propaganda video shows what looks like a Syrian opposition fighter from the "Independent Omar al-Farouq" brigade taking out the heart and liver of a government soldier and then consuming it. The man, who is identified as Abu Sakkar by the camera man, looked into the camera and takes the name of God.
"I swear to God, soldiers of Bashar, you dogs -- we will eat your heart and livers! Takbir! God is Great! Oh my heroes of Baba Amr, you slaughter the Alawites and take their hearts out to eat them!"
"It is not known whether the Independent Omar al-Farouq Brigade operates within the command structure of the Free Syrian Army," writes the Human Watch Group about the Syrian heart video. "But the opposition Syrian National Coalition and the Free Syrian Army leadership should take all possible steps to hold those responsible for war crimes accountable and prevent such abuses by anyone under their command."
"Any party with the power to do so should do all it can to keep weapons from reaching the brigade. Human Rights Watch repeated its call to the United Nations Security Council to refer the Syria situation to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to ensure accountability for all war crimes and crimes against humanity."
The Syrian heart video, which was uploaded to YouTube by the Syrian Truth Facebook page, has been watched by thousands of people and shared. Both the government and the opposite have condemned the actions.
"One important way to stop Syria's daily horrors, from beheadings to mutilations to executions, is to strip all sides from their sense of impunity," said Nadim Houry, Middle East deputy director at Human Rights Watch, about the Syrian heart video. "These atrocities are shocking but so is the obstruction of some Security Council members that still do not support an ICC referral for all sides."
Click here to see the graphic (but edited) Syrian heart video below: