Syrian government rejects US accusations of burning bodies of political prisoners

  • Libyan Express + Agencies |
  • Wednesday 17 May 2017

An aerial view of the Saydnaya prison complex
(Photo: Internet)

The Syrian government forcefully rejected on Tuesday accusations by the United States that the bodies of thousands of political prisoners had been disposed of in a crematory at a prison near Damascus, describing the allegations as “lies” to justify American aggression, the New York Times reported.

The government of President Bashar al-Assad has long been accused of killing thousands of prisoners and burying them in mass graves. But on Monday, the Trump administration made a new charge, accusing Damascus of burning corpses at the Sednaya prison to destroy evidence of war crimes, the New York Times added.

“U.S. administrations continue fabricating lies and allegations to justify their aggressive and interventionist policies in other sovereign countries,” the Syrian Foreign Ministry said in a statement, according to the state news agency SANA. “These allegations are totally untrue and are only fabrications by the imagination of this administration and its agents.” According to the New York Times.

The response from the Foreign Ministry, which likened the accusations to the script of a Hollywood movie, came on the first day of a new round of negotiations in Geneva on the Syria crisis, the New York Times indicated.


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