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True horror of Syrian conflict exposed as citizen journalist is filmed being buried alive (warning: video is genuinely disturbing)

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syria-atrocity-230A GUT-wrenchingly horrific video showing a Syrian rebel being buried alive by gun-toting soldiers allegedly loyal to President Bashar al-Assad's brutal regime, has been released on YouTube.

The clip shows a man buried to his neck and screaming for his life as soldiers taunt him then bury him completely ensuring a terrifying and agonising slow death.   And his crime? He is accused of taking video footage of atrocities and sending it to TV stations.

It is  impossible to independently verify whether this short one-minute clip is genuine – but it is among the most shocking footage to emerge from the conflict.

As the unit's commanding officer approaches, subtitles say: 'Yes sir, we placed him in there as you have ordered.'

The officer asks: 'What's he got? Did you find anything with this damn animal?'

The helpless man, described as being from Al-Qussair, a rebel city in western Syria near Homs, is then accused of carrying a camera to capture footage Assad's forces to send to television networks.

He is called an 'animal' several times and a 'dog' before the order is given to bury him.

The surrounding soldiers then shovel dirt over his head as the man cries 'I bear witness that there is no god but Allah'.

As his head disappears from view under the ground, the soldiers taunt him saying: 'Say that there's no god but Bashar you animal.'

None of the soldiers' faces are visible in the video and it is not clear who obtained it or how before the footage was posted on YouTube.

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