The Syrian government has constructed and is using a crematorium inside its notorious Sednaya military prison near Damascus to clandestinely dispose of the bodies of prisoners it continues to execute inside the facility, the State Department said Monday.
Jones also had harsh words for Syria's allies, saying that as the Syrian regime continued to commit atrocities, it did so "seemingly with the unconditional support from Russian Federation and Iran". They are taken to the grounds of the prison, where they are hanged, likely unaware of their fate until they feel the noose around their neck, Amnesty alleged.
The State Department's determination was provided alongside a set of newly declassified photos of the Saydnaya facility, which is a 45-minute drive from the capital city of Damascus. After last month's attack in northern Syria, Trump said the Syrians crossed "a lot of lines" for his administration. Collection of 13 satellite images from TerraServer showing building United States claims houses a crematorium at #Saydnaya prison. Given these abuses, "Russia must now with greater urgency exercise its influence", Jones said.
The Syrian government has built a crematorium near a prison to cover up "mass atrocities", a State Department official said Monday, according to a CNN report. "And these atrocities have been carried out seemingly with the unconditional support from Russian Federation and Iran".
"And according to multiple sources, the regime is responsible for killing as many as 50 detainees per day at Saydnaya".
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.
On May 15, ahead of the Geneva peace talks aimed at trying to find a solution to the Syria conflict which has killed more than 320,000 people since it broke out more than six years ago, United Nations mediator Staffan de Mistura said that the discussions in Switzerland should benefit from a tighter format - and the recent Astana agreement to create the de-escalation zone.
"The Trump administration believes that Syria's political future should be decided by Syrians in a free, credible and transparent process", the White House's Spicer said May 15.
"We demand that the Syrian authorities immediately cease extrajudicial executions and torture and inhuman treatment at Saydnaya Prison and in all other government prisons across Syria".
The allegation came as President Donald Trump is weighing options in Syria, where the US attacked a government air base last month in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack on civilians.