Syria denies burning prisoners' bodies claim
- Author: Leroy Wright May 19, 2017,
May 19, 2017, 20:18
Thousands of executed detainees have been dumped in mass graves in recent years, acting Assistant Secretary of State Stuart Jones said. An Amnesty spokeswoman said the organization could not verify the State Department's allegations, but said the alleged mass incineration of prisoners' bodies matched the depravity and impunity found in their own research.
It added that the crematorium is being used to hide evidence of the shocking extent of the killings.
The Syrian military got a USA missile bombardment at a nearby airfield in response. And recall, of course, that this same Assad government is newly emboldened by America's disengagement.
Support for Assad in Moscow and Tehran is "seemingly unconditional", Jones said. Those countries have supported the regime's six-year-long fight against rebel groups attempting to overthrow it.
During his briefing, Jones presented photographs showing some evidence of the building believed to be a crematorium. Syrian officials assure that this is a lie to justify the aggressive policy of the United States.
KELEMEN: And Russia, Jones says, should take responsibility, something Moscow has not done to date.
The allegation of mass killings came as President Donald Trump weighs options in Syria, where the USA launched cruise missiles on a government air base in April after accusing Assad's military of killing scores of civilians with a sarin-like nerve agent.
"The regime must stop all attacks on civilian and opposition forces and Russian Federation must bear responsibility to ensure regime compliance", he said.
Jones said Washington's information came from credible humanitarian agencies and from the USA "intelligence community" - implying that classified evidence beyond the commercial pictures exists.
Jones did not give an official estimate about how many people have been killed at Saydnaya.
"The reality of the situation today in Syria, in which they are executing people, using chemical attacks against them, and the latest extreme measure - burning their corpses, something which we haven't seen in 70 years in this world - we're crossing a red line", he said during a military conference in Israel.
In Washington DC, on Monday morning, the United States have pointed the massive scale mass killing of Syrian people by their government and even ISIS.
U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters Tuesday that the United Nations can not independently verify US reports of a crematorium in the Saydnaya military prison, where the USA says the bodies of those executed are burned.
State Department spokesman Heather Nauert said Tillerson had been "firm and clear" in a meeting with Lavrov last week that "Russia holds tremendous influence over Bashar al-Assad". George Grow was the editor.
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