Human Rights Watch said Saturday that they "described receiving, and following, orders to shoot on protesters to disperse them."
Efforts to reach the Syrian government for comment were not immediately successful.
The group said they interviewed eight soldiers and four members of the security agencies in Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan who defected over the last four months of anti-government protests.
"The testimony of these defectors provides further evidence that the killing of protesters was no accident but a result of a deliberate policy by senior figures in Syria to use deadly force to disperse protesters," Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch, quoted in the report. More >>>
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