Syria Hides Executions Via Crematorium, US Claims

US accuses Syrian govt of using 'crematorium' to hide mass killing
Syria 'built crematorium to hide killings', says US
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19 May, 2017

Gallant reportedly made the remark a day after reports emerged about Assad's regime possibly using a crematorium at a prison near Damascus as a venue for mass killings.

The Foreign Ministry in Damascus describes the U.S. State Department accusations as "a new Hollywood plot" and "lies" that are being used to justify U.S. "aggression and intervention".

It described the accusations made a day earlier by the USA state department as "lies" and "fabrications", noting what it called a U.S. track record of making up false claims as a pretext for military aggression.

"We now believe that the Syrian regime has installed a crematorium in the Sednaya prison complex which could dispose of detainees' remains with little evidence", he said.

On Monday, the U.S. State Department announced that Assad had set up a crematorium next to Saydnaya Military Prison, where thousands have been executed since the start of the war.

Stuart Jones, the U.S. State Department's assistant secretary for the Middle East, said Monday a crematorium at the Sednaya military prison in Damascus is destroying corpses at a rapid rate.

The House is expected to vote Wednesday evening on bipartisan legislation that would impose new sanctions on the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad for war crimes and human rights abuses against civilians, sources with the House Foreign Affairs Committee confirmed.

The photographs provided to the reporters showed snow melting over the prison roof along with a newly built structure, said to be the crematorium.

The photographs, taken over the course of several years, beginning in 2013, do not prove the building is a crematorium, but show a facility consistent with such use, Jones said.

Last month, President Donald Trump ordered a missile attack on Syria after the government's suspected chemical weapons attack on civilians.

France said yesterday that it had received with "concern and horror" United States accusations against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad of burning the bodies of detainees in Sednaya prison, demanding the global community to "open an worldwide investigation as soon as possible" into the allegations.

Syrian rebels and government officials are meeting separately with the United Nations envoy as peace talks on the war-torn Mideast country got underway in Geneva.

In a statement, the military said the accusations by the USA administration about the incidents in Saydnaya prison, or the use of barrel bombs and chemical weapons allegations are all baseless. The Syrian leader has however given more credit to a separate diplomatic track in Kazakhstan's capital Astana, which is being led by his allies Russian Federation and Iran along with Turkey. Wael Abou Rayan, a media activist in the Homs countryside, said the bombing of Homs had eased since the agreement, but never completely stopped.

Two children were killed by government artillery fire in the rural town of Rastan two days ago, while another woman was killed in an airstrike in the village of Kafrlaha on Tuesday, according to Abou Rayan.

Associated Press Writer Jamey Keaten in Geneva contributed to this report.


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