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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Monday, August 21, 2017

The Trump administration on Monday revealed some shocking news concerning the Syrian government carrying out mass killings of thousands of prisoners and burning their bodies in a crematorium to conceal the grisly evidence.

In efforts to provide formidable evidence pointing to Syrian culpability, the State Department released newly declassified photographs showing what it alleges is a building at a large military prison outside the capital Damascus that has been modified to support a crematorium where thousands of bodies have been burnt.

Stuart Jones, acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, said US officials believe the crematorium could be used to dispose of bodies at a prison where they believe Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s Government authorized the mass hangings of thousands of inmates during Syria’s six-year-old civil war, according to report on the New Daily Australia web site.

During the briefing, he showed aerial images of what he said was a crematorium.

“We now believe that the Syrian regime has installed a crematorium in the Sednaya prison complex which could dispose of detainees’ remains with little evidence,” Mr Jones said.

Map showing the location of the Sadynaya prison in SyriaThe revelations echoed a February report by Amnesty International that said an average of 20 to 50 people were hanged each week at the Sednaya military prison, north of Damascus, the New Daily reported indicated.

Between 5,000 and 13,000 people were executed at Sednaya in the four years since a popular uprising descended into war, it said. Syria has not responded to the latest allegations from the United States, but it has in the past strongly denied any abuse at the jail, saying that all executions followed “due process”.

Mr. Jones also said he was not optimistic about a Russia-brokered deal to set up “de-escalation zones” inside Syria. The deal was reached with support from Iran and Turkey during ceasefire talks in the Kazakh capital of Astana earlier this month. Mr Jones attended the talks.

“In light of the failures of the past ceasefire agreements, we have reason to be skeptical,” Mr Jones said.

Mr Jones said Assad’s government had carried out air strikes, chemical attacks, extrajudicial killings, starvation, and other measures to target civilians and its opponents. He criticized Russia and Iran for maintaining their support for Assad despite those tactics.

“These atrocities have been carried out seemingly with the unconditional support from Russia and Iran,” Mr Jones said. “The Assad regime must stop all attacks on civilian and opposition forces. And Russia must bear responsibility to ensure regime compliance.”

He did not say what measures the United States might take if Russia does not change its stance.

Israeli Interior Minister and Shas party chairman Aryeh Deri called for the Assad crematorium to be bombed, but urged the US to carry out the strike. “Call him Hitler, call him whatever you like, he is doing the same things,” Deri told Army Radio. “He’s a murderer, a child killer.”Syria's Foreign Ministry is denying the allegations that the Assad government carries out mass killings of prisoners. The state-run SANA news agency quoted the ministry calling the U.S. accusation a "Hollywood story detached from reality."

"The idea of a crematorium of course has dreadful connotations for those with a memory," Anthony Billingsley, a Mideast lecturer at the University of New South Wales, told VOA. "The idea of massacres in prisons – there was one in Iran, there was one in Libya – it doesn't surprise, and I suspect that the U.S. and Amnesty, who previously reported on this, have reasonably good intelligence about this facility."

According to an INN report, the head of the Anti-Defamation League drew parallels between Syria’s alleged use of a crematorium to dispose of bodies to actions committed by the Nazis during the Holocaust.

Jonathan Greenblatt, the group’s national director, also called on the international community, including Russia, to take action to stop the violence perpetuated by the Syrian government under the leadership of President Bashar Assad.

“As Jews, we are particularly shocked by the extreme brutality of the Syrian regime, which invokes the worst nightmares of Nazi atrocities against the Jewish people,” Greenblatt said Tuesday in a statement. “The world learned from the twentieth century that it did not do enough to stop the crimes of the Nazis which led to the genocide of six million Jews.

“The nations of the world — including first and foremost Russia, which continues to aid and abet Assad’s brutality — must act to put an end to the inhumane actions of the Syrian government.”

The Times of Israel has reported that on Monday, opposition lawmakers called on Israel to use air strikes to destroy the Damascus-area crematorium.

Stuart Jones, Acting Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs Stuart Jones briefs the press on the situation in Syria.  He said that the Assad government had carried out air strikes, chemical attacks, extrajudicial killings, starvation, and other measures to target civilians and its opponents. He criticized Russia and Iran for maintaining their support for Assad despite those tactics.Other members of the Israeli Knesset have said that since the United States made the allegation against Syria, it would be incumbent on the US to take any military actions they deem appropriate against the brutal Assad regime.  

Times of Israel reported that Yair Lapid of the Yesh Atid party had weighed in with his opinion on Facebook when he wrote that Israel has a “moral responsibility to act when within striking distance of the IDF people are being burnt. We have to wipe that crematorium off the face of the earth.”

Lapid and others across the political spectrum drew cogent analogies between the abject failure of the entire world to protect Jews during the nightmarish years of the Holocaust and the international community’s failure to stop the widespread genocide in Syria.

“Why did the world know [what was happening], but not do anything? Well now we know, and we’re not doing anything,” he said.

“Chemical weapons & incinerators – both the crematorium and Assad must go. Echoing past horrors, he cannot be a part of the region’s future,” Zionist Union lawmaker Tzipi Livni tweeted Monday.

Interior Minister and Shas party chairman Aryeh Deri also called for the Assad crematorium to be bombed, but urged the US to carry out the strike.

“Call him Hitler, call him whatever you like, he is doing the same things,” Deri told Army Radio. “He’s a murderer, a child killer.”

Deri said urging US President Donald Trump to take military action against the Assad regime during his trip to Israel next week should top Israel’s list of priorities for the visit.

By: Fern Sidman