Syrian government denies USA allegations of mass killings

On Monday, the U.S. State Department said that as many as 50 prisoners are being hanged every day at the Saydnaya prison.

The State Department released commercial satellite photographs showing what it described as a building in the prison complex that was modified to support the crematorium. Somehow, in the midst of all, this official Washington has lost sight of a far greater tragedy - the report (first noted in The New York Times two days ago) that the United States government has concluded that Syria is building a crematorium to burn the bodies of prisoners it has executed in order to hide the evidence of its mass murder.

This satellite image depicts the same section of the Saydnaya facility in 2013 (left) and in 2016.

Amnesty International has previously called Sednaya a "human slaughterhouse", estimating 13,000 people were killed there from 2011-2015.

"And once they identified their friends and relatives, they gave them one of two options: either killing their relatives or being killed themselves".

This photo provided by the Syrian anti-government activist group Ghouta Media Center, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows a Syrian nurse carrying an injured child who was wounded by Syrian government forces shelling, in the Hamouriyya neighborhood, an eastern suburb of Damascus, Syria, Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

Successive US administrations are "fabricating lies and creating false allegations ... to justify their policies of aggression and intervention in sovereign states", SANA quoted a ministry source as saying.

The head of the Anti-Defamation League drew parallels between Syria's alleged use of a crematorium to dispose of bodies to actions committed by the Nazis during the Holocaust.

Jones said the information came from credible humanitarian agencies and from the U.S. "intelligence community" and that as many as 50 people per day are thought to be hanged at Saydnaya. "And these atrocities have been carried out seemingly with the unconditional support from Russian Federation and Iran".

"My assessment is the U.S. -Russia relationship is at an all-time low, the lowest point it has been since the end of the Cold War", Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told NPR several weeks after the strike.

"Russia has either aided in or passively looked away as the regime has conducted an airstrike against a United Nations convoy, destroyed east Aleppo and used chemical weapons, including sarin, against civilians in Idlib province on April 4", Jones elaborated Monday.

  • Leroy Wright