A Syrian soldier confesses on camera: We were ordered to fire at civilians


Syrian soldier, Waleed Elkashami, confesses on camera that he and other Syrian soldiers were ordered to shoot at unarmed civilians.


He introduces his name and his title, and that he was serving in Casyoon area.

He said: we have been summoned to come to the headquarters, we were told that there is an armed gang killing the civilians in Damascus and Harasta.

We were told to change our army uniforms and put on the black anti terrorism squad uniforms. We were supplied with full ammunition and arms for war.

We were transferred to Harasta Saturday, 23 April 2011. We were all from Alsaeqa (Thunderbolt) task force of the Republican Guards, but we were shocked that we

did not find the gang we were told about, it was an ordinary demonstration calling for overthrowing the regime and calling for freedom, but the men of the

Syrian intelligence started shooting at the people including women and children, with life ammunition for no valid reason. Me and another five of my colleagues we did

not fire at the demonstrators, but we received orders  to start shooting for no valid reason and even though the people, women, children are unarmed civilians, there

even were men bare chested. No warning was given to them at all, we stepped out of the car, fully armed, but when we were almost 10 metres away from

the demonstrators,.. women, we abandoned our arms and the people who were in the demonstration protected us with their bodies. Then the security guards fired at

us and one of us was injured in his shoulder. As a Syrian soldier I call upon all, to stop the bloodshed of the innocent people, they had no arms, not even a knife, they

were peacefully demonstrating.

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