Harvesting Weeds for Food-Ar Rastan

This activist-produced video shows people in Ar Rastan, between Hama and Homs forced by the army siege to eat weeds due to the lack of food. Ar Rastan was one of the first towns to turn against the Syrian government in 2011. It is the hometown of Manaf Tlass, a former brigadier general who was a close adviser and childhood friend to the Syrian president and the son of the Assad regime's former long-serving defense minister, Mustafa Tlass, Manaf Tlass defected in July 2012. His cousin, Lieutenant Abderrazak Tlass, was one of the first army officers who defected in Daraa. Video courtesy of Alrstn YouTube channel