US accuses Syria of killing thousands, burning bodies in crematorium

The United States is accusing the Syrian government of killing thousands of people from 2011 to 2015 and using a crematorium to get rid of their bodies.
By David Sims | May 17, 2017
The United States is accusing the Syrian government of killing thousands of people from 2011 to 2015 and using a crematorium to get rid of their bodies.

And according to the US, while President Bashar al-Assad's allies Russia and Iran may not have had anything to do with the alleged crematorium, they are complicit in his many other cruel actions.

The Trump administration alleges that Bashar's government has killed as many as 50 people a day at the Saydnaya prison complex in that period.

The US claims that beginning in 2013, Syria turned a building on the jail compound into a crematorium.

"Although the regime's atrocities are well documented, we believe that the construction of a crematorium is an effort to cover up the extent of the mass murders taking place in Saydnaya prison," said Stuart Jones, the acting assistant secretary for Eastern affairs.

Jones added that the United States had been appalled by the atrocities that have been committed by the Syrian regime, and that they have been carried out seemingly with the unconditional support of Russia and Iran.

He called on Russia to hold the Assad regime accountable, to guarantee that the horrific violations come to an end.

To prove his claims, Jones cited from international monitoring groups, the press and US intelligence including photos the State Department distributed to the media.

The State Department photos allegedly show construction over the course of seven years at Saydnaya that would be consistent with a crematorium, with features such as ventilation equipment, a firewall, and a discharge stack.

Jones said that the United States had not presented this evidence to the Russian government yet.

He, however, added that last week's talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Washington gave the US government hope that Russia will cooperate.

 

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