Rome: At least 50 Syrian soldiers have deserted the Army and joined rebel forces, Syrian activists said.
A colonel was among the deserters who joined the rebels near the city of Qamishli in northeast Syria, amid raging battles in the area, Syria`s Local Coordinating Committees opposition group said on its Facebook page.
Fighters from the jihadist Al-Nusra Front -- branded a terror group by the US State Department -- are involved in clashes with forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad around Qamlishi, according to Britain-based activist group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Meanwhile, the Syrian Network for Human Rights e-mailed to the media a video showing the bodies of five adults and six children. The group said they were killed in a "massacre" in Khirbat Altin village in Homs province.