Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: A video which shows a Syrian rebel eating the heart of a dead soldier has outraged the whole world and is said to be one of the most gruesome among many that has emerged in the past two years of carnage in Syria.
As per reports in BBC, the US-based Human Rights Watch has identified the rebel as Abu Sakkar. He is said to be a known insurgent from Homs and leader of a group called the Independent Omar al-Farouq Brigade. The Rights Watch has also said that the action of the man was that of a war crime as he had mutilated the body of an enemy.
It is being said that the video cannot be authenticated independently. However, it does seem to show the rebel cutting the heart out. The man has been quoted by the news channel as saying, “I swear to God we will eat your hearts and your livers, you soldiers of Bashar the dog,” apparently referring to President Bashar al-Assad.
Reacting to the matter, the main Syrian Opposition coalition has reportedly said that the rebel will be put on trial.
The video, which cannot be independently authenticated, seems to show him cutting out the heart. It is also being said that Abu Sakkar had been filmed before when he fired rockets into Shia areas of Lebanon and posed with the bodies of guerrillas from the Lebanese Hezbollah movement killed while fighting alongside Syrian government forces.
As per UN, almost 70,000 people have been killed ever since rebellion against President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011. Also many Syrians left the country and gone to places like Turkey. Moreover, more than ten lakh of them are said to be registered as refugees.