US accuses Syria of mass killings of thousands of prisoners
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Among the stories leading our website this morning: The US has accused the Syrian regime of building a crematorium to cover up the mass killings of thousands of prisoners in a military prison outside Damascus. The US distributed photos of a large building it said had been adapted for the large-scale burning of bodies at the military prison, where it said that up to 50 detainees are hanged in mass executions on a daily basis.
We reported on Saydnaya prison in February, when ex-detainees, using 'ear-witness' testimony, helped architects build an accurate model of president Bashar al-Assad's hellish torture house. That came after Amnesty International reported that as many as 13,000 opponents of Bashar al-Assad were secretly hanged in the prison in the first five years of the country's civil war, with the bodies dumped in mass graves on the outskirts of Damascus between midnight and dawn most Tuesday mornings.
Keep reading for the rest of the top stories this morning, with more news from around Australia and the world.