Question: What happened to the 61st Army Brigade in Daraa after it defected? Is it true that everyone was killed?
Officer: The head of the 5th squad, which the 61st Brigade is part of, was General Rifaii, who was ordered to crack down on the demonstrations and refused, and he had the support of the officers with him. President Assad himself negotiated with him, but he stuck to his position, saying that he refused to shoot at unarmed men.
They planted a trap for him. An order was then given to him to spread his troops in Daraa but not to shoot at protesters, as he wished, but then his forces were attacked by forces from the Fourth Brigade and they massacred them.
(via A. Schindler)
إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ
From Allah we came, unto Him is our return.