On Monday, the U.S. accused the Syrian government of incinerating evidence of the mass killing of detainees.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has a well-deserved reputation of using atrocities in his war against those that disagree with his policies.
The State Department described an area where up to 70 detainees are held in cells designed for no more than 5 people leading to death.
Although the regime’s many atrocities are well documented, we believe that the building of a crematorium is an effort to cover up the extent of mass murders taking place in Saydnaya prison.
— Assistant U.S. Secretary of State Stuart Jones
According to BuzzFeed News prisoners are being systematically killed in extrajudicial executions at Saydnaya prison. BuzzFeed also cited a report from Amnesty International.
Amnesty International issued a harrowing report in February attempting to document alleged mass hangings and other extrajudicial executions at Saydnaya. An Amnesty spokeswoman said the organization could not verify the State Department’s allegations but said the alleged mass incineration of prisoners’ bodies matched the depravity and impunity found in their own research.