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Syrian soldier 'defects' claim rebels

Opposition websites are showing footage purportedly of a soldier who says he deserted after being ordered to fire on unarmed protesters in Damascus.

Syrian soldiers and tanks have been firing in the city of Deraa, a centre of protests against President Bashar al-Assad's rule, residents say.

The Syrian army is reported to have seized control of the Omari mosque which has become a centre for anti-government protests.

Foreign journalists are not allowed into Syria, so the BBC's Wyre Davies sent this report from the Jordanian-Syrian border.

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