Abdo Hussameddin
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Syria deputy oil minister resigns to join opposition

Syria's deputy oil minister says he is resigning to join the anti-government revolt.

Abdo Hussameddin announced his defection in a video posted on YouTube.

He is the highest ranking civilian to abandon the government of President Bashar al-Assad since the uprising erupted a year ago.

Earlier, after a visit to the city of Homs, the UN humanitarian chief said some areas had been "devastated" in the offensive by Syrian government troops.

The BBC's Tom Esslemont reports.

  • 08 Mar 2012
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