In a briefing held on Monday, the Department of State admitted that the alleged crematorium in the Syrian prison used to incinerate prisoners could actually just be a warmer part of the building.
The State Department stated Monday based on international and local NGO reports that the alleged crematorium used to burn the bodies of hundreds of hanged prisoners at a prison run by the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad may not be a crematorium at all.
Earlier, Stuart Jones, acting assistant secretary for Middle Eastern Affairs, said that the prison in Saydnaya was modified in 2013 to support what the agency believes to be a crematorium, which is used to “cover up the extent of mass murders taking place in Saydnaya prison.”
Amnesty International alleged in its report from February 2017 that between 5,000-13,000 prisoners have been executed at the site from 2013 to the present.
Neither the State Department, nor the human rights organizations have provided any evidence to these claims so far.