The United States has accused the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad of assassinating and burning “thousands” of prisoners, with a rate of fifty deaths a day, according to evidence that Washington claims to have obtained.
State Department Deputy Secretary for Middle East Affairs Stuart Jones has reported on Monday that he has photographic evidence that the Syrian regime has built a crematorium near a prison on the outskirts of Damascus, where bodies of prisoners are being burned To hide mass executions.
In a press conference, Jones has said that such evidence shows snow melted in hot areas of what would be a crematorium and has called on Russia, Assad’s ally, to increase the pressure to “account for these atrocities” leading to Regime of Damascus to a “new level of depravity”.
According to the deputy secretary, the Damascus regime is hanging prisoners and burning bodies in a new building to hide the evidence of what would constitute a war crime in accordance with the norms of the Geneva Convention.
The State Department representative has detailed that the Assad regime has authorized extrajudicial executions in the Saidnaya prison near Damascus, whose situation has been denounced this year by Amnesty International (AI), which has defined it as a “human slaughterhouse “, With the possibility that up to 13,000 people have been executed.
“According to several sources, the regime is accused of killing up to fifty detainees a day in Saidnaya,” said Jones, who has reported reports that many of those bodies have been deposited in mass graves.
“We now believe that the Syrian regime has installed a crematorium that can wipe out bodies without much evidence,” Jones said.
The head of the State Department has been confident that this evidence will lead Moscow to increase pressure on Assad to seek a political solution to the Syrian civil war, including the departure of the country’s leader.
Jones did not want to talk about military action in response to this crime, as happened when US President Donald Trump ordered the bombing last April of a Syrian air base in response to a chemical weapons attack