Report: Israel Considered Bombing Syrian Crematorium

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Israel Hayom reports: American intelligence reports suggesting Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime was cremating the bodies of hundreds of prisoners in a facility near Damascus prompted Israel to examine the possibility of bombing the area, but the plan was eventually shelved over the defense establishment’s concerns that the move would lead to a rapid security escalation on the northern border.

The existence of the Syrian crematoria was revealed in May, when the U.S. State Department presented reports saying that crematoria had been built near the Sednaya Military Prison, north of Damascus, with the aim of disposing of evidence proving the Assad regime had been committing mass torture and murder of dissidents.

The American report included satellite images of the crematoria, alongside information suggesting they had been operating for several years.

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