U.S. says Syria built crematorium to dispose of prisoners’ bodies

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The United States on Monday said it has evidence the Syrian regime built a crematorium at a military prison to cover up evidence of mass killings of civilians.

Satellite photographs show the construction of a crematorium at the Sednaya military prison near Damascus, according to the U.S. State Department.

The State Department said the images show melted snow on top of an L-shaped building that it labeled a “probable crematorium,” the Washington Post reported.

Officials said a discharge stack, probable firewall and probable air intake on the roof of the building are suggestive of a place to burn bodies.

As many as 13,000 prisoners were hanged at Sednaya prison between 2011 and 2015, according to a recent Amnesty International report.

However, human rights groups said the evidence was inconclusive and some of the satellite images have been known about for years, the New York Times reported.

The U.S. accuses Russia and Iran of allowing Bashar al-Assad’s regime to commit atrocities in Syria with seemingly unconditional support.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Location and overview of Sednaya prison
2. Snow melts on roof of prison
3. Possible evidence of crematorium
4. Depiction of up to 13,000 prisoners killed at Sednaya

VOICEOVER (in English):

“According to the U.S. State Department, satellite photographs show the construction of a crematorium at the Sednaya military prison near Damascus.”

“The State Department says the images show melted snow on top of an L-shaped building that it labeled a ‘probable crematorium.’”

“Officials says a discharge stack, probable firewall and probable air intake on the roof of the building are suggestive of a place to burn bodies.”

“According to a recent Amnesty International report, as many as 13,000 prisoners were hanged at Sednaya prison between 2011 and 2015.”

SOURCES: Washington Post, New York Times
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