Amnesty: Syria regime hanged 13000 in notorious prison

Former prisoner Tarek said what he heard in the middle of the night from outside his cell wall sounded like people moving boxes on an assembly line.

Elsewhere in the northern province of Aleppo, Syrian soldiers mounted an ambush against members of a terrorist group affiliated to Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, and killed scores of of them.

"We have repeatedly raised serious concerns about the grave violations of worldwide human rights and global humanitarian law in Syria, including in detention centers and government-run prisons", Dujarric told reporters at United Nations headquarters in NY.

"When a guard comes in the room, they have to run to the back of the cell, cover their eyes with their hands and assume the position".

Based on witness testimony, the organisation estimates that between 5,000 and 13,000 people were extrajudicially executed at Saydnaya between September 2011 and December 2015, and "there is no reason to believe that executions have stopped". Food and water were often cut off, and when rations were delivered, they were often thrown on the ground to mix with blood and dirt.

The Amnesty International report says that the organization attempted to contact the Syrian government in January 2017 about the allegations raised in its report.

Assad also stressed that his government is determined to defend Syria and to move forward in the efforts of establishing reconciliations, "because it's the most effective way toward ending the war and reaching a peaceful solution".

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Last August, Amnesty International partnered with a team of specialists at Forensic Architecture, University of Goldsmiths to create a virtual 3D reconstruction of Saydnaya prison. The report stated that they are then put on trial (a proceeding that lasts three minutes or less) and condemned to death.

The small minority of prisoners who made it out alive appear to be shadows of their former selves, with bones protruding from their skin and seeping wounds leaving deep scars.

"If you ask any Syrian the same question, he will tell you, 'No, we don't accept [EU involvement], those countries supported the people who destroyed our country, we don't want them to be here.' That's what I think".

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said that "defending" his country in a time of war was more important than any worldwide tribunal that may be brought against his government later.

The damning report, released yesterday under the title "Human Slaughterhouse: Mass hanging and extermination at Saydnaya prison" - which is near Damascus - goes into excruciating detail about the gruesome ritual of mass hangings between 2011 and 2015.

Omar Shogre, a former inmate quoted in the report said in a separate interview that life in Saydnaya is "an existence that relied on sounds".

Steps are being taken to hold senior officials in the Syrian government responsible for the killings. Numerous prisoners and guards risked their lives to share their accounts for the report. "I'm just a headline-the bad president the bad guy, who is killing the good guys", Assad told the New York Times. "We were sleeping above people choking to death". This figure did not include the estimated 13,000 additional deaths, those allegedly hanged at Saydnaya.

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