While the Syrian government's fierce crackdown on dissidents shows no sign of letting up, cracks are emerging in the regime's armor.
Imad Ghalioun, a parliamentarian from the embattled city of Homs, is the highest-ranking Syrian official to defect.
Now in Egypt, Ghalioun said reports of bloodshed by pro-government forces are true.
"What is happening in Homs is a crisis, a ghost town full of horror - no words to describe the situation," he said. "The humanitarian situation is dangerous ... no basic services, food supplies,or equipped hospitals. Residents can not move from neighborhood to the other because of snipers that kill people."FULL STORY