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    Amnesty: Thousands Secretly Executed by Syrian Regime

    The new report is titled “Human Slaughterhouse.” In it, Amnesty International claims that up to 13,000 people were executed in secret mass hangings at Syria’s infamous Saydnaya prison between 2011 and 2015, while 17,000 more are thought to have died from torture and starvation. Amnesty spoke to former guards and detainees to gather the information, and the group says it’s likely that the executions are ongoing. Though Syrian President Bashar Assad has denied similar reports in past years, Amnesty is now calling for a U.N. investigation into possible war crimes.

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