"Some soldiers surrendered, while others fought," he said. "It could be in individual act. There are rebels who lost loved ones or suffered at the hands of the regime."
Al-Yassin said captured soldiers are usually well-treated by rebels who get information from them then refer them to makeshift tribunals. Those who are innocent are set free, he said.
Also Friday state TV reported that two bombs went off minutes apart in the Damascus neighborhood of Zahira al-Jadida wounding 16 people.