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Syria Denies US Accusation of Mass Killings

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Tobias Pedroso | 19 May, 2017, 23:40

The Syrian government on Tuesday denied USA accusations that a crematorium had been built at one of its prisons that could be used to dispose of detainees' remains.

The Syrian government denied the United States' accusation on Tuesday, calling it a "new Hollywood story detached from reality". It described the allegations as "lies" and "fabrications", noting what it called a USA track record of using false claims as a pretext for military aggression.

On Monday, the United States said it believes the Syrian government built a crematorium to cover up the killing of as many as 50 detainees a day at a prison north of Damascus.

On Monday, the U.S. State Department announced that Assad had set up a crematorium next to Saydnaya Military Prison, where thousands have been executed since the start of the war.

"We are appalled by the atrocities that have been carried out by the Syrian regime", seemingly "with the unconditional support" of Russian Federation and Iran, Stuart Jones, acting assistant secretary of state for the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, told reporters Monday at the State Department.

Israel's Minister of Construction and Housing, Yoav Gallant, a Member of Knesset from the Kulanu faction, expressed a desire for the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to be replaced by a more moderate regime, in an interview with Israel Army Radio.

This image provided by the State Department and DigitalGlobe, taken January 15, 2015, a satellite image of what the State Department described as a building in a prison complex in Syria that was modified to support a crematorium.

Last month, in retaliation for the chemical attacks done on Syrian civilians by the government, the USA had launched its cruise missiles that strike on the air force base located in an undisclosed region near the Syrian capital.

In February, the Amnesty International accused the government of President Bashar al-Assad of carrying out mass hangings in the same prison, adding that around 13,000 people have been hanged in the notorious prison since the eruption of the Syrian war in 2011.

The U.S. Holocaust Museum in a statement issued Tuesday afternoon said it welcomed the release of the previously classified imagery pointing to the alleged crematorium.

The meetings were the sixth round of the talks brokered by U.N. Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura.

The Observatory says two women were killed by rocket fire in a Damascus suburbs and another was died from aerial bombardment in central Homs province.

Local activists reported higher death tolls.

Video from the group showed rescuers pulling children from the rubble of a multistory building.