January 17th, 2012
04:35 AM ET

Syrian official defects, says regime will fight at all costs

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."

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  1. Scottish Mama

    When the top people start abandoning ship, the regime with fall hopefully. I just wonder if he escaped how many top officials with the same beliefs will be killed. They are stuck in Syria now. Run for the Turkey border.

    January 17, 2012 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  2. Tcr c2

    Pretty soon all they will be fighting is trooper against trooper we'll see ! So theres cracks in there armor? As long as the us stays out of there bussinessthose cracks will only get bigger

    January 17, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |