Gruesome video footage allegedly showing a Syrian activist being buried alive at gunpoint by soldiers loyal to President Bashar Assad’s regime has gone viral on Thursday and is considered to be the most horrific video to have emerged since the Syrian uprising began.
The footage, which was uploaded onto YouTube, shows a blindfolded man with only his head above ground and screaming for his life as Assad's soldiers' surround him.
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In the video, the soldiers appear to point their gun barrels at the buried rebel. As the unit's commanding officer approaches, one of the soldiers' turns to him and says: "Yes sir, we placed him in there as you have ordered."
Syrian activist buried alive
The officer then asks: "What's he got? Did you find anything with this damn animal?"
The helpless man, described as being from Al-Qussair, a city in western Syria near Homs, is then accused of carrying a camera to capture footage of Assad's forces to send to television networks.
The rebel is called an "animal" and a "dog" several times before the order is given to bury him.
In the disturbing video, which was shot with a mobile video camera, the surrounding soldiers are shown shoveling dirt over the rebel's head as the man cries, "I bear witness that there is no God by Allah."
As his head disappears from view under the ground, the soldiers taunt him by ordering him to say: "Say that there’s no God but Bashar, you animal."
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