The United States has evidence the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has built a crematorium at a large military prison outside the capital Damascus, a State Department official said on Monday. Jones, who offered overhead photos of the reported crematorium, said evidence was culled from "intelligence assessments", as well as human rights and other sources.
"Although the regime's many atrocities are well documented, we believe that the building of a crematorium is an effort to cover up the extent of the mass murders taking place in Saydnaya".
The department released commercial satellite photographs showing what it said was a building in the prison complex that had been modified to support the crematorium.
The State Department has released satellite images of the facility, which it said was used to hide evidence.More news: Former Real Madrid defender: Zidane already a great coach
"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. Asma al-Assad has British roots, wears designer fashion, worked for years in banking, and is married to the dictator Bashar al-Assad, whose regime has killed over 5,000 civilians and hundreds of children this year. But he called such a future "unimaginable" if Assad is propped up with help from the "seemingly unconditional support from Russian Federation and Iran".
When Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov visited the US last week, for meetings with President Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, they did not discuss this intelligence with him, Jones said.
"At this point, we are talking about this evidence and bringing it forward to the global community, which we hope will put pressure on the [Syrian] regime to change its behavior".
Jones said the Syrian regime is believed to have detained between 65,000 and 117,000 people since the war began in 2011 and until 2015.More news: Will Power Continues Penske's Dominance In IndyCar Grand Prix
"Russia has either aided in or passively looked away as the regime has conducted an airstrike against a United Nations convoy, destroyed east Aleppo and used chemical weapons, including sarin, against civilians in Idlib province on April 4", Jones elaborated Monday.
The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a resolution in March 2016 calling for a tribunal to prosecute Assad and his allies for war crimes. During the briefing, he showed aerial images of what he said was a crematorium.
The allegation of mass killings came as President Donald Trump weighs options in Syria, where the USA launched cruise missiles on a government air base last month after accusing Assad's military of killing scores of civilians with a sarin-like nerve agent.More news: LEADING OFF: Jeter's day at Yankee Stadium, and Mother's Day