US says Syrians have built crematorium near prison

May 15, 2017 19:06
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WASHINGTON - The United States has evidence the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad has built a crematorium near the site of its Sednaya prison, a State Department official said on Monday.

Stuart Jones, the acting assistant secretary for Near Eastern Affairs, said the crematorium could be used to dispose of bodies near a prison where tens of thousands of people have been detained during the country's 6-year-old civil war.Jones also said the United States has "reason to be skeptical" about a deal to set up "de-escalation zones" brokered by Russia during ceasefire talks in the Kazakh capital Astana last week.

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