Syrian security forces were commanded to shoot unarmed protesters, according to military and security agency defectors interviewed by a human rights watchdog.
Human Rights Watch said Saturday that they "described receiving, and following, orders to shoot on protesters to disperse them."
Efforts to reach the Syrian government for comment were not immediately successful.
The claims coincide with ongoing assertions by Syrian activists that security personnel have assaulted unarmed protesters. The Syrian regime claims armed groups are responsible for the violence at the demonstrations, which erupted nationwide in mid-MarchFULL STORY