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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Video shows former Syrian PM allegedly with FSA, waiting to depart to Jordan

Former Syrian Prime Minister Riyad Hijab [second left] has appeared in a new video, seated with members of the Free Syrian Army. (Al Arabiya)Former Syrian Prime Minister Riyad Hijab appeared for the first time since his defection from President Bashar al-Assad’s regime on Wednesday, in a video accompanied reportedly by Free Syrian Army’s Mu’tassam Bilah Bridgade.

In the video, filmed in Al-Ni’aimah town in Deraa city near the Jordanian border, Hijab is seated against a wall in a room with children and several men, who the FSA claimed were its fighters, guarding him before his departure to Jordan after his defection from the Syrian regime.
Head of al-Yarmouk Brigade in Deraa, Abu Al-Majd Al-Zou’bi, told Al Arabiya that his troops helped the former prime minister, his family and relatives cross the border into Jordan.

Zou’bi said Hijab left Syria along with 25 of his relatives and family, including four of his brothers.

The Assad regime has cut off electricity and communication in the areas bordering Jordan in a bid to stop defectors from spiriting across the border, Zou’bi said. Despite those efforts, he said that “defections” were increasing.

When contacted for comment by Al Arabiya, Jordanian officials denied Hijab’s presence in Jordan.

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