Assad dismisses US claims that a Syrian prison is using a crematorium to burn executed prisoners as ‘a new Hollywood story detached from reality’

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
By Paul Martin

Bashar al Assad has said US claims that thousands of prisoners are being killed in Damscus is ‘devoid of truth’
He said allegations that a crematorium was built to dispose of evidence are ‘detached from reality’
State Department officials claimed that 50 people per day were hanged and burned at Saydnaya prison
Stu Jones, top US diplomat for the Middle East, said Assad’s regime has ‘sunk to a new level of depravity’
Amnesty International made the same claims in a report which it released back in February

16 May 2017

Bashar al Assad has denied killing thousands of detainees at a Syrian prison and then using a secret crematorium to dispose of the remains.

The dictator said allegations by the US State Department that up to 50 people per day are being hanged at Saydnaya prison, near Damascus, are ‘a new Hollywood story detached from reality’.

A Syrian foreign ministry statement published by state news agency SANA said the claims were ‘devoid of truth.’

Stuart Jones, the acting US assistant secretary for Near Eastern Affairs, made the accusations in a press briefing on Monday during which he said Assad’s regime ‘has sunk to a new level of depravity’.

The claims match an Amnesty International report released in February which said up to 13,000 people – mostly civilians opposed to the government – have been hanged in secret at the prison.

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