Shelling in Syria kills 20
Government shelling in Raqqa has killed about 20 people, at least eight of them children.
BEIRUT - Government shelling in the northern Syrian province of Raqqa killed about 20 people, at least eight of them children, a video posted by activists on Wednesday showed.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published a video showing rows of the blood-stained bodies laid out on blankets. The sound of crying relatives could be heard in the background.
The shelling hit the province's al-Qahtania village, but it was unclear when the attack happened.
Meanwhile, a police chief for the military has since defected.
"I am General Abdelaziz Jassim al-Shalal, head of the military police. I have defected because of the deviation of the army from its primary duty of protecting the country and its transformation into gangs of killing and destruction," the officer said in a video published on YouTube.
The 21-month-old conflict has claimed thousands of lives while President Bashar al-Assad refuses to step down.