Crackdown continues in Syria despite high-level defection
Shelling and explosions have rocked several Syrian cities, leaving at least eight dead, a day after a high-ranking official apparently resigned to join the "revolution."
(CNN) Damascus - A man identifying himself as Abdo Hussam el Din, the country's deputy oil minister, announced in a video posted on YouTube on Wednesday that he was defecting from the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
"I am joining the revolution of this noble people who will not accept injustice," the man said in Arabic. "I've been part of this government for 33 years, and I have acquired many titles, and I do not want to retire serving the crimes of this regime."