New defections from Syria include four high ranking generals


A U.N.-appointed panel of human rights experts says it has new information on the defections of four brigadier generals from Syria and on doctors ordered to make patients unconscious during hospital visits by Arab League monitors.

The Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria told a news conference Friday it also received information that unrest outside known areas — including in the country’s second-largest city, Aleppo — is becoming significant.

The panel says there has been a much larger outpouring of refugees, with 15,000 now registered with the U.N. in Lebanon and 16,000 in Turkey.

Commission chairman Paulo Pinheiro says more Syrians interviewed recently by the panel’s investigators appear to have been killed or injured in military operations against entire villages.