The US State Demartment has officially admitted that the alleged crematorium near Damascus where the Assad government was burning dead bodies of thousands of killed prisoners may not be a crematorium at all.
Answering questions during the press briefing, Stuart Jones, Acting Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs, has been pushed to admit that it could be just a warmer part of the building.
QUESTION: Can I just – one very – extremely briefly? What makes you so sure that this is a crematorium and not just some other building? Is it this thing with the snowmelt? Because, I mean, people are going to look at this – the regime in particular or – and the Russians, who you’re – are going to look at this and say: Well, all this proves is that there is a building there and that that part where there’s – snow is melted is simply warmer than the rest of the building. It looks —
MR JONES: So if you look – so obviously, these photos date over several years from 2013 to 2017. If you look at the earliest photo, the August 13 photo, this is during the construction phase, and these HVAC facilities, the discharge stack, the probable firewall, the probable air intake, this is in the construction phase. This would be consistent if they were building a crematorium.
Then we look at the January 15 and we’re looking at snowmelt on the roof that would be consistent with a crematorium. So —
QUESTION: Or just a warmer part of a building, right?
MR JONES: Possibly.
This week, the US has accused the Syrian government of carrying out mass killings of thousands of prisoners and burning the bodies in a large crematorium outside Damascus. The US State Department argued that about 50 prisoners a day are being hanged at the Saydnaya military prison. The crematorium is allegedly used to hide the evidence of the killings.
Jones gave reporters some “declassified” satellite pictures allegedly confirming the claim. However, photos were able to confirm nothing.