|A Screenshot of the Video|
A video of a bearded man allegedly raping his underaged grand daughter has went viral on YouTube, recording more than 150 thousand hits in a few hours. The video claims that the man is Sheikh Mohamad Kassem Al Nasouh, an Imam in Deir El Zour, Syria, and a leader of the Ahbab Al Sahaba Islamist brigade. Arabic News websites have widely reported on the video, while the Egypt Today website quoted activists saying that the man is indeed an Imam.
The video, which The Arab Digest refuses to embed in this article, shows the man from a distance with the grand daughter, who seemed to be begging her allegedly maternal grandfather to stop. Seconds later, the man shooting the video surprises the grandfather, shouting "you are having sex with your grand daughter", and then starts an interrogation, leading to the man's confession.
The Grand Daughter, whose name will not be published, was clearly roughed by the men, and heard begging them to leave her. She confessed that he was getting "pleasure" from her; the men showed no mercy or sympathy to her case.
The Arab Digest found no trace of Nasouh on Youtube, and search engines, prior to this incident, and could not corroborate the reported information as the Syrian regime is known to have circulated many fake videos and fabricated stories to discredit the Syrian Opposition.