1. In the video, Abu Sakkar, a founder of the rebel Farouq Brigade, begins cutting apart the body of a dead Syrian soldier.
3. He eats the heart of the dead soldier, while the crowd behind the camera cheers “Allahu akbar” (“God is great”).
6. Human Rights Watch has condemned the video, saying it is not only a war crime, but also a frightening example of Syria’s descent into sectarian violence.
“The mutilation of the bodies of enemies is a war crime. But the even more serious issue is the very rapid descent into sectarian rhetoric and violence,” said Bouckaert.
He said that in the unedited version of the film, Abu Sakkar instructs his men to “slaughter the Alawites and take their hearts out to eat them”, before biting into the heart.