April 23, 2018

Syrian govt denies US claim of crematorium at prison

19 May 2017, 08:22 | Taylor George

Syrian govt denies US claim of crematorium at prison

Bashar al-Jaafari Syrian chief negotiator and Ambassador of the Permanent Representative Mission of Syria to the UN New York center arrives for another round of negotiations with UN Special Envoy for Syria Staff

The United States has evidence the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has built a crematorium at a large military prison outside the capital Damascus, a State Department official said on May 15.

The House Foreign Affairs Committee said in a statement Monday the "legislation is needed now more than ever", citing the Trump administration's assertion that the Assad regime was systematically burning the bodies of executed inmates at the Saydnaya military prison to cover up the mass murders.

Western monitors and watchdog groups say they have accumulated evidence of mass killings in Syrian prisons, though there have not been any substantiated allegations so far of the use of a crematorium.

On Monday, the U.S. State Department confirmed that such a thing exists, and that it has been used to dispose of the bodies of an estimated 50 prisoners a day, hanged at the nearby Saydnaya military prison.

Neither the Assad regime nor the Russian government has responded to the charge so far, but State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert told reporters that the administration believes the US and Russia share a goal in Syria for a "unified and stable nation", achieved through diplomatic and political means.

He said the US claim is based on information from its intelligence community and credible humanitarian groups.

"The bodies were then being cremated in order to cover up the extent of mass murders taking place", said Stuart Jones, the top USA diplomat for the Middle East.

U.S. officials said the crematorium was built to hide evidence of Assad's political executions in Sednaya - "an effort to cover up the extent of mass atrocities" there, Jones said.

Moto C and Moto C Plus launched as super affordable smartphones
It's been almost two years since the last release of the series and the phone has been rumored for quite some time now. The screen is the same size as the Moto C version, but the resolution is a 1280×720 pixels HD variant.

Steve Harvey Faces $60 Million Law Suit From Ex-Wife
In the document, which was filed not by a lawyer but by a "civil rights activist", Mary writes, "All was loss Mary L. Harvey was dead ", the gossip site reports . "For what he's done to me, I want to see Steve Harvey behind bars".

Pemberton Music Festival cancelled
The lineup for this year's event included acts such as Muse, Chance the Rapper, A Tribe Called Quest and dozens of others. Proof of claim forms will be mailed to known PMF creditors in due course and made available on the Trustee's website .

The State Department official did not offer an official estimate of how many people had been killed in Saydnaya, but pointed to an Amnesty International report saying that between 5,000 and 11,000 had been killed in the prison from 2011 to 2015.

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.

"Successive US administrations have repeatedly fabricated lies and allegations to justify their aggressive and interventionist policies in other sovereign countries", the ministry said.

The disclosures come one week after Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

De Mistura met with Syrian government negotiator Bashar al-Jaafari Tuesday, followed by the opposition High Negotiations Committee.

A former Syrian army colonel who joined the opposition said what the State Department revealed about Saydnaya "is not surprising".

During his briefing, Jones presented photographs showing some evidence of the building believed to be a crematorium.

Other News

Trending Now

Investors Catching Stocks Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD)
Finally, Norges Bank acquired a new stake in Advanced Micro Devices during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $50,722,000. COPYRIGHT VIOLATION WARNING: This story was originally reported by Chaffey Breeze and is owned by of Chaffey Breeze.

Gunfire hits Abidjan, Bouake and San Pedro amid mutiny
They were integrated into the army and represent some 8,400 soldiers of the more than 20,000 members of Ivory Coast's army. Authorities will maintain a firm line with the mutiny, government spokesman Bruno Kone said.

Trumpet star Blanchard: Confederate statue removal historic
The statues would be put in storage while the city looks for a suitable place to display them, the mayor has said. The PGT Beauregard monument is the third of four confederate-era monuments removed from the city in recent weeks.

Software update allows all 2016 Ford cars to use Android Auto
Alternatively, you can download the update by visiting the Ford Owner portal on your PC and install it on to a USB drive. Customers with Wi-Fi-enabled vehicles and a Wi-Fi network can set up their vehicle to receive the update automatically.