World Now

News from around the world

« Previous Post | World Now Home | Next Post »

Syrian activists joke, 'We like playing with snipers' [Video]

February 28, 2012 |  4:00 am

Syrian opposition activists appear to duck gunshots in this video from Homs, a city that has become the epicenter of violence in the uprising against President Bashar Assad.

"It's a regular war. We want to shoot a video and can be killed with a sniper," one of the activists says in Arabic, laughing. Pedestrians scurry quickly down the street, identified in the video as the main road of Bab Sibaa.

At the end of the video, the activist identified as Abu Jaafar says, "We like playing with snipers. Let me show you what happens when I throw a bag. Here it is." He tosses the bag. Sounds of shooting follow.

The video was uploaded to YouTube on Sunday by opposition activists. Because access to the embattled areas is heavily restricted, The Times cannot authenticate the content shown in the video.

Snipers are a known danger in Syria: A recent United Nations report accused Syria of crimes against humanity, including using army snipers to target and kill women, children and other unarmed civilians.

The uprising against Assad has raged for nearly a year. The United Nations recently condemned human rights violations in Syria and backed an Arab League plan that calls for Assad to give up power. The Syrian government argues it is under attack by armed terrorists and denies attacking civilians.


The perils of reporting in Syria

California family fears for loved ones in Syria

European Union orders new sanctions against Syria

-- Emily Alpert in Los Angeles, Rima Marrouch in Beirut

Video: Syrian opposition activists appear to duck gunfire in Homs. Credit: YouTube / Activists News Assn. English