Syrian rebels step up attacks on strategic sites
‘‘It shook the house and my kids came running in saying, ‘Daddy, daddy!'’’ he said. ‘‘They were terrified.’’
Al-Hassan said the missile fell in a field, causing no casualties.
Videos purporting to show the impact site showed a crater some six meters (yards) deep in a green field. They appeared genuine and corresponded with other AP reporting on the incident.
Also Friday, a prominent news anchor from Syrian state TV said he had defected after being repeatedly interrogated by the country’s intelligence services.
Speaking from an undisclosed location outside of Syria, Ahmad Fakhouri told Al-Arabiya TV that he'd fled the country eight months ago with rebel help.
‘‘I look forward for the day when Syria will be free and I can return to my country to do my job,’’ he said.
Syrian TV’s head office in Damascus told The Associated Press that Fakhouri had left the station to work for state-run radio.
An official at the radio station said Fakhouri was on vacation.
Associated Press writers Bassem Mroue in Beirut and Vladimir Isachenkov in Brussels contributed reporting.