Three top generals fled Syrian tyrant Bashar al-Assad overnight, saying he was about to unleash chemical weapons.
The generals escaped into Turkey as Assad’s men desperately battled rebels pushing deep into the capital Damascus.
The latest defections mean 24 generals have fled Assad since the 16-month uprising began.
One of the fugitives, General Mustafa Sheikh, said chemical weapons were being moved across Syria in readiness to be fired in revenge for a bomb blast that killed Assad’s powerful brother-in-law and three more top regime officials this week.
"The regime has started moving its chemical stockpile from warehouses and distributing it to prepare for use,” said the general.
“It wants to burn Syria. The regime cannot fall without perpetrating a sea of blood.”
But other reports said that generals once in charge of the weapons had defected and were helping to locate the chemical stockpiles for the rebels.
“We have a group just to deal with chemical weapons,” said rebel General Adnan Silou.
President Assad was nowhere to be seen today, raising hope that his family’s 41-year grip on Syria was coming to an end.
Syrian uprising: Desperate dictator Bashar al-Assad's regime 'prepares for a chemical strike' - Mirror Online