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High-ranking Syrian official announces defection

A high-ranking Syrian official announced on Wednesday his defection from the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

Mahmoud Sleiman Hajj Hamad, head inspector at the Syrian Defense Ministry and first inspector at the Monetary Center of the Interior Ministry, told Al-Jazeera television that he split from the regime.

Assad’s troops have cracked down on protests against almost five decades of Baath Party rule which broke out mid-March, killing over 5,000 people and triggering a torrent of international condemnation.

-NOW Lebanon

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