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Video Of Syrian Rebel Eating Soldier's Heart Goes Viral, Condemned By Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch has said that the extremely graphic video is further proof that Syria is descending into sectarian violence. WARNING: Graphic content.

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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.

WARNING: This video is intensely graphic.

Ryan Broderick is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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