Assad regime reportedly buried thousands after mass executions; Reports come from US intelligence gathering and human rights groups; USA: We believe that the building of a crematorium is an effort to cover up the extent of mass murders taking place in Sednaya prison.; Israeli MK’s calls on Israel, Trump to take action
The Unites States reported on Monday that it has evidence that Syrian President Bashaar al-Assad built a crematorium at a military prison outside of Damascus.
United States President Donald Trump’s Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs, Stuart Jones, confirmed the evidence from United States intelligence that Assad’s regime has disposed of bodies into mass graves and has built a crematorium. He stated that “Credible sources have believed that many of the bodies have been disposed in mass graves. 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.”
Jones showed photos of the crematorium’s construction at the prison during the State Department briefing. The photos spanned from 2013 until recently with evidence of Assad’s activities. Jones cited reports from human rights groups and nongovernmental sources as well as from United States intelligence gathering.
The photos showed the construction building around areas that were used for mass graves and killings, Jones stating “We believe that the building of a crematorium is an effort to cover up the extent of mass murders taking place in Sednaya prison.”
The report claims as many as 50 prisoners were being hanged a day at the Sednaya military prison, with thousands of corpses being disposed of over the past few years.
Jones vocalized the United States condemnation of Assad’s regime ongoing human rights abuses on its own civilians. He announced that the United States would pursue Assad’s regime in the International Criminal Court and stated “The (Assad) regime must stop all attacks on civilian and opposition forces. And Russia must bear responsibility to ensure regime compliance.”
On Tuesday, several Israeli MK’s called for Israel to strike the crematorium, referencing the responsibility of the State of Israel to prevent tragedies from the Holocaust. Many MK’s called on the United States to take military action as it produced the reports of the mass killings, cover-ups and crematorium.