US says Assad Using ‘Crematorium’ to Hide Mass Killings

Trump administration says it has evidence Syrian authorities are burning bodies at Saydnaya prison near Damascus. The US administration has accused the Syrian government of installing a crematorium in a military prison in order to destroy the remains of thousands of murdered prisoners. Stuart Jones, acting assistant secretary for the state department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, gave reporters satellite pictures apparently showing snow melting on the roof of the facility. “Beginning in 2013, the Syrian regime modified a building within the Saydnaya complex to support what we believe is a crematorium,” he said, referring to a military jail north of Damascus. “Although the regime’s many atrocities are well documented, we believe that the building of a crematorium is an effort to cover up the extent of the mass murders taking place in Saydnaya.” Syrian government accused of mass prison executions Jones said the information came from credible humanitarian...

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Syria Hanged 13,000 in Saydnaya Prison: Amnesty

Syrian government executed thousands of prisoners in mass hangings at Saydnaya prison, says rights watchdog. As many as 13,000 people were hanged in five years at a notorious Syrian prison near Damascus, Amnesty International has said, accusing the government of a “policy of extermination”. Titled “Human Slaughterhouse: Mass hanging and extermination at Saydnaya prison,” Amnesty’s damning report, released on Tuesday, is based on interviews with 84 witnesses, including guards, detainees, and judges. It found that at least once a week between 2011 and 2015, groups of up to 50 people were taken out of their prison cells for arbitrary trials, beaten, then hanged “in the middle of the night and in total secrecy.” Thousands of photos ‘prove crimes against humanity’ in Syria The report said: “Throughout this process, they remain blindfolded. They do not know when or how they will die until the noose was placed around their necks.”...

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