New horror in Aleppo as Syrian rebels are filmed hurling bodies from a rooftop as they claim to have shot down government fighter plane and captured pilot
- The unverified footage posted online shows various atrocities including rebels throwing bodies of postal workers from a building in Aleppo
- Rebels claim to have shot down a government fighter jet near the Iraqi border
- Video footage was posted on a social media website and shows four armed rebels and a man described as a captured pilot in an unidentified location
- State media claims jet crashed after 'technical problems'
- The latest allegations and apparent human rights violations raise new concerns for increased violence in the 17 month conflict
By ALEX WARD
Apparent atrocities: Unconfirmed footage shows bodies being thrown off a building in Aleppo as the Syrian conflict becomes increasingly violent
Horrifying footage of rebels hurling bodies off a building in Aleppo has raised concerns that the conflict in Syria is becoming increasingly violent.
Three unconfirmed videos posted online today show apparent atrocities in Aleppo and include footage of postal workers’ bodies being thrown from a roof and a bound man being repeatedly shot.
The amateur footage emerged as rebels Free Syrian Army (FSA) claimed to have shot down a government fighter plane near the Iraqi border.
The video was posted on a social media website and showed four armed rebels and a man described in the video as a captured pilot in an unidentified location.
State media announced that a jet, which crashed in the same area, had experienced ‘technical problems’.
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdel Rahman said that if the videos were verified, he strongly condemned such atrocities regardless of who was responsible.
Mr Rahman told AFP: ‘If these videos are confirmed, such atrocities harm the revolution.
'They only benefit the regime and the enemies of the revolution.’
The new allegations are the latest in the 17-month conflict where both sides have been accused of human rights violations.
In one of the videos, the man filming said: ‘These are the heroes of Bab city who are inside the post office.’
As the crowd gathers, people shout ‘this is a shabiha’, which refers to the pro-government militia, as a man’s body is thrown from the roof.
The bodies are said to be postal workers but it is unclear when the incident occurred.
As fighting in Aleppo continues, rebels say they will turn Syria’s largest city into the 'grave' of the Assad government.
Thousands have now fled, with those left running short of food and fuel and afraid for their lives.
Both sides accused: As rebels vow to turn Aleppo into the 'grave' of the Assad government, both sides have been accused of committing horrific atrocities during the 17 month conflict
Bodies thrown: Crowds gather as bodies are thrown, crashing down on stairs in Aleppo. The footage has not been confirmed and it is unclear when the incident occurred
Shouting crowd: In the footage, people shout 'this is a shabiha', which refers to the pro-government militia, can be heard as the bodies fall
Another amateur video shows a blindfolded man, whose throat is cut repeatedly by an assailant with a small knife. His blood spreads across the pavement as a group of men chant ‘Allahu Akbar’ which means 'God is greater'.
In eastern Syria, FSA footage showed a military aircraft bursting into flames after anti-aircraft is heard. Rebel gunners celebrate as the jet crashed near the town of al-Muhassan, 75 miles from the Iraqi border according to the rebels.
Jet's last moments: Rebels filmed this government fighter jet which state media said was experiencing 'technical problems'. Rebels claim they shot it down
Shot down: In the footage anti-aircraft can be heard just before the jet bursts into flames. Rebels are then heard celebrating
State media said the plane was on a ‘routine training mission’ when it experienced ‘technical problems’. The pilot had ejected and the government were searching for him, state media said.
The FSA claim to have shot down the government jet and experts say the camouflage and markings are consistent with that of a Syrian air force plane.
The footage came after reports that rebel gunners have gained access to anti-aircraft weapons.
The amateur video claims to show a captured pilot (centre) of a Syrian fighter jet which rebels said they brought down in eastern Syria
The man pictured is purportedly a captured Syrian pilot surrounded by three rebels holding automatic weapons and a man in military uniform sitting with his back to the camera
The footage shows the man (pictured) being questioned. He reports that he was on a mission to bomb the city of Mohassan
In the video, the man claiming to be a pilot says the bruises on his face are from when he crashed to the ground