Syria has executed thousands of prisoners and burned the dead bodies in a giant crematorium, US administration claims

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  • Around 50 people per day are hanged and burned at Saydnaya military prison, claims US
  • Stu Jones, top US diplomat for the Middle East, said Assad’s regime has ‘sunk to a new level of depravity
  • State Department said thousands of mass killings have been carried out
  • It said crematorium is being used to hide extent of the executions 
  • A satellite image of a prison in Syria with a section of the snowy roof having melted backs up the claims 

The Syrian government has been accused of carrying out mass killings of thousands of prisoners by the US government – which released a satellite image to prove it.

Diplomat Stuart Jones said Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government ‘has sunk to a new level of depravity’.

The Trump administration claims the bodies of those killed were burned in a large crematorium outside the capital.

The allegation matches an Amnesty International report released in February which claimed up to 13,000 people – mostly civilians opposed to the government – have been hanged in secret at the prison.

This image provided by the State Department and DigitalGlobe, taken Jan. 15, 2015, a satellite image of what the State Department described as a building in a prison complex in Syria that was modified to support a crematorium

This image provided by the State Department and DigitalGlobe, taken Jan. 15, 2015, a satellite image of what the State Department described as a building in a prison complex in Syria that was modified to support a crematorium

President Bashar al-Assad has been accused of sinking to a 'new level of depravity'

President Bashar al-Assad has been accused of sinking to a ‘new level of depravity’

The State Department says about 50 detainees a day are being hanged at Saydnaya military prison, about 45 minutes from Damascus.

THE JAIL WHERE PRISONERS ARE BEATEN AND HANGED

Hangings at Saydnaya are carried out once or twice a week, usually on Monday and Wednesday, in the middle of the night, according to insiders.

Those whose names are called out were told they would be transferred to civilian prisons in Syria.

Instead, they are moved to a cell in the basement of the prison and beaten severely.

They are then transported to another prison building on the grounds of Saydnaya, where they are hanged.

Throughout this process, they remain blindfolded. They do not know when or how they will die until the noose was placed around their necks.

‘They kept them [hanging] there for 10 to 15 minutes. Some didn’t die because they are light. For the young ones, their weight wouldn’t kill them. The officers’ assistants would pull them down and break their necks,’ said a former judge who witnessed the hangings.

Detainees held in the building in the floors above the ‘execution room’ reported that they sometimes heard the sounds of these hangings.

(Source: Amnesty International) 

It says the crematorium is being used to hide evidence of the extent of the killings.

A satellite image provided by the State Department taken in January 2015 shows a building in a prison complex in Syria that was modified to support a crematorium. The snow on one section of the roof is melted in the photo.

In February Amnesty International claimed as many as 13,000 people had been hanged in secret.

It claimed the executions have happened at a rate of around 50 a day between 2011 and 2015.

Lynn Maalouf, Deputy Director for Research at Amnesty International’s regional office in Beirut, said: ‘The horrors depicted in this report reveal a hidden, monstrous campaign, authorized at the highest levels of the Syrian government, aimed at crushing any form of dissent within the Syrian population.

‘We demand that the Syrian authorities immediately cease extrajudicial executions and torture and inhuman treatment at Saydnaya Prison and in all other government prisons across Syria.

‘Russia and Iran, the government’s closest allies, must press for an end to these murderous detention policies.’

The US State Department has released newly-declassified photographs showing what it says is a building in the prison complex that has been modified to support the crematorium.

Jones, the acting assistant secretary for Near Eastern Affairs, said the crematorium could be used to dispose of bodies near a prison where tens of thousands of people have been detained during the country’s six-year-old civil war.

Jones also said the United States has ‘reason to be skeptical’ about a deal to set up ‘de-escalation zones’ brokered by Russia during ceasefire talks in the Kazakh capital Astana last week.

The department released commercial satellite photographs showing what it said is a building in the prison complex that has been modified to support the crematorium. The photographs taken over the course of several years, beginning in 2013, do not definitely prove the building is a crematorium, but they show construction consistent with such use.

One photograph taken in January 2015 shows one area of the building’s roof cleared of snow due to melt.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4507928/US-accuses-Syria-mass-executions-burning-bodies.html#ixzz4hAkQQSmP
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