Published: Sat, May 27, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Syria 'categorically' denies United States accusations of mass killings

Syria 'categorically' denies United States accusations of mass killings

Syria's Foreign Ministry has now issued a statement insisting the USA allegations, which again weren't based on any evidence, weren't true at all, both denying that they are mass executing prisoners and that they are cremating this huge number of bodies being alleged.

The Syrian government denied the United States' accusation on Tuesday, calling it a "new Hollywood story detached from reality". The state-operated SANA news agency reported the statement.

About 50 detainees are hanged each day at the Saydnaya military prison, the State Department said Monday.

Neither government commented on the new USA allegation.

"These atrocities have been carried out seemingly with the unconditional support from Russian Federation and Iran", Mr Jones said."The (Assad) regime must stop all attacks on civilian and opposition forces".

Jones also said he was not optimistic about a Russia-brokered deal to set up "de-escalation zones" inside Syria.

About 400,000 people have been killed in the fighting.

Jones, an acting assistant secretary of state, said Washington's information came from credible humanitarian agencies and from the USA "intelligence community" - implying that classified evidence beyond the commercial pictures exists. "And we have urged the regime - we urged the Russian government to hold the regime responsible for these atrocities".

This satellite image provided by the State Department and Digital Globea shows what Washington says is a prison complex
Syria 'categorically' denies United States accusations of mass killings

The allegation could test the Trump administration's willingness to respond to alleged atrocities other than chemical weapons attacks, which Washington blames on Assad's government.

"The (Assad) regime must stop all attacks on civilian and opposition forces". According to United States officials, cremations take place at Saydnaya military prison some 30 kilometres from Damascus, as the Syrian authorities hide acts of mass murders. The evidence on the crematorium was assembled through local non-governmental organization groups, intelligence community assessments and press reporting, he said.

More allegations of abuse at Saydnaya resurfaced on Monday.

Amnesty International has said 13,000 people were killed in four years at the prison.

United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, left, greets Syrian government negotiator Bashar al-Ja'afari for a meeting during Intra Syria talks at the Geneva, Switzerland, Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

Yesterday, the U.S. said it has evidence President Assad's government has built a crematorium at Sednaya, the large military prison outside the capital Damascus. Now, the State Department is releasing aerial photos dating back to 2013 with one building on the compound labeled, quote, "probable crematorium".

The State Department distributed overhead photographs it said documented the gradual construction of the facility outside the main prison complex and its apparent use this year.

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