The video was uploaded to YouTube by Beynetna on July 11. According to the video description, the convoy is travelling along a road close to the town of Izaz, on July 10. One of the tanks turns off the main road and runs into an anti-tank mine. A powerful explosion follows with billowing smoke.
The tank remains motionless after the explosion. The crew of the vehicle are presumed dead since no members of the crew attempt to escape.
Another tank approaches but it comes under fire. The vehicle attempts to escape by reversing but it is also hit and explodes violently.
Meanwhile, reports say that Syria's ambassador to Iraq has defected. According to the Daily Mail
, Nawah al-Fares, in a video statement posed to Facebook, said: "I declare that I have joined, from this moment, the ranks of the revolution of the Syrian people. I ask... the members of the military to join the revolution and to defend the country and the citizens. Turn your guns toward the criminals from this regime. Every Syrian man has to join the revolution to remove this nightmare and this gang which has reeked corruption across Syria and destroyed the state and society over the last 40 years, and to guarantee a bright future for the coming generations."
According to Mohammed Sermini, a member of the opposition Syrian National Council, "This is just the beginning of a series of defections on the diplomatic level. We are in touch with several ambassadors."
Fares is Sunni Muslim from Deir al-Zor, an easten city close to Iraq that has witnessed fierce onslaught from Assad's forces.
The Daily Mail
reports that Fares is the first senior diplomat to defect from the Assad regime.
According to AFP
, on Tuesday, Assad's forces shelled the rebel-held central Syrian town of Rastan. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the bombardment was "violent."
According to an activist in Rastan: "It really wants to make you cry. We have many wounded, and there are no doctors here, only two dentists. We can't do anything for the wounded. It's tragic."
also reports that activists shot and posted to YouTube a video showing an entire district in Jurat al-Shiah in ruins, with only the sound of birds heard as a cameraman moves through the streets littered with rubble and damaged buildings. The cameraman said as he filmed: "We want to present this video as a gift to the Friends of Syria and the Arab League. We thank them from the bottom of our hearts for what they have given the Syrian people."