Inside Syria’s secret human slaughterhouse

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Around 13,000 people were secretly tortured and executed by the Syrian government at a military jail near Damascus between 2011 and 2015, according to human rights watchdog Amnesty International.

Blindfolded prisoners were brought after midnight to the “white building” of the Saydnaya prison, where they would be hanged in two execution rooms located in the basement, an Amnesty report says.

The prisoners were only given one or two-minute hearings at a military field court before their executions, according to Amnesty.

Amnesty conducted first-hand interviews with 84 witnesses, including prison guards, officials, detainees, judges and lawyers. The human rights watchdog said there are strong reasons to believe that the slaughter at Saydnaya prison is continuing today.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Prisoners transported to execution rooms after midnight
2. Prisoners have fingerprints taken; queue for execution platform
3. Hallway leading to second execution room
4. Prisoners pushed down platform the second execution room

VOICEOVER (in English):

“According to Amnesty International, blindfolded prisoners were brought after midnight to the ‘white building’ of the Saydnaya prison, where they would be hanged in two execution rooms located in the basement.”

“Prisoners queued at a desk in the first execution room, where fingerprints and last wishes were documented. Then, they lined up at the steps to a platform until spaces became available.”

“The second execution room is adjacent to the first execution room. There are three cells opposite the execution rooms.”

“The second execution room has 20 nooses. Prisoners were pushed from behind so they would move forward and down the platform.”

SOURCES: Amnesty International
https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2017/02/syria-investigation-uncovers-governments-secret-campaign-of-mass-hangings-and-extermination-at-saydnaya-prison/
https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/mde24/5415/2017/en/