Rami Abdulrahman, head of the British-based opposition watchdog the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said that four people in Aleppo had told him of the incident which happened on either Friday or Saturday.
“The soldiers were from the Aleppo district of Sekenat Hanano but they were killed in the district of Sabaa Baharat,” he said by telephone.
The videos showed rebel fighters holding assault rifles standing around the dead men, calling them “(President Bashar al-) Assad’s Dogs.”
“The Suleiman al-Farisi brigade … killed several members from the (state) security,” a man said off camera, filming a car with the name of the brigade written on the bonnet.
This isn’t the first time that war crimes have been reported, by either side of the Syrian conflict, though its never welcome news when new stories break. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights estimates that the total number of casualties in Syria has now topped 27,300, 19,500 of whom were civilians, during the 17-month-old uprising.