Syria crisis: Military police chief al-Shalal defects
26 December 2012 Last updated at 22:42 GMT
The commander of Syria's military police has defected from President Bashar-al Assad's government and reportedly fled to Turkey.
Lt Gen Abulaziz al-Shalal is one of the highest-ranking officials to join the uprising against the Syrian regime.
In a statement, the officer said the army had "destroyed cities and villages, and has committed massacres against an unarmed population".
Fergal Keane reports.