Highest ranking Assad official defects, joins Syrian revolt
Syria’s deputy oil minister has defected, becoming the highest ranking official of Bashar al Assad’s regime to quit, according to Reuters.
Abdo Hussameddin made the announcement in a video posted by activists on YouTube.
“I, the engineer Abdo Hussameddin, the deputy oil minister … announce my defection from the regime and my resignation,” he said in the video.
“I am joining the revolution of the people who reject injustice and the brutal campaign of the regime, which is seeking to crush the people’s demand for freedom and dignity.”
The news comes as UN humanitarian chief Baroness Valerie Amos and a Syrian Red Crescent team of aid workers were allowed into the devastated Baba Amr district of Homs.