Syria

Video Shows Syrian Rebel Cutting the Heart Out of a Dead Soldier and Biting Into It

Abu Sakkar, the rebel commander seen in the film, has told his soldiers to eat the hearts of Alawites

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A video of a Syrian rebel commander cutting the heart out of a soldier and biting into is emblematic of a civil war that has rapidly descended into sectarian hatred and revenge killings, Human Rights Watch said on Monday.

The New York-based group said an amateur video posted on the Internet on Sunday shows Abu Sakkar, a founder of the rebel Farouq Brigade who is well known to journalists as an insurgent from Homs, cutting into the torso of a dead soldier.

The video has caused outrage among both supporters of President Bashar al-Assad and opposition figures.