US claims that Syria’s regime is using a prison crematorium to destroy the remains of thousands of murdered detainees are “unfounded and disconnected from reality”, Damascus said on Tuesday.
“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 the mass murders taking place in Saydnaya.”
Jones said the information came from credible humanitarian agencies and from the US “intelligence community” and that as many as 50 people per day are thought to be hanged at Saydnaya.
President Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian government, he alleged, had detained between 65,000 and 117,000 people over the same period.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said on Tuesday that the “Assad regime has sunk to a new level of depravity”.
Spicer said the government in Damascus had done so “with seemingly unconditional support from Russia and Iran”.
Syria’s war, now in its seventh year, has killed nearly half-a-million people and displaced more than half of the country’s pre-war population.
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