Syria says Amnesty report on Saydnaya prison ‘bogus and false’

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is accused of committing war crimes

The Syrian government has denied claims by Amnesty International that Syrian military police hanged as many as 13,000 people in Saydnaya prison near Damascus between 2011 and 2015 saying they were “bogus and false.”

In a statement released by the Syrian Justice Ministry on Tuesday, the claims were dismissed also as being “inaccurate and politically-motivated” and aimed at ruining “the government’s reputation in the international community.”

The statement said the allegations had come after recent gains by the Syrian army and allied groups against “Takfiri sponsored terrorists and the atmosphere of national reconciliation in the country.”

The Syrian government has been accused of mass killings and human rights crimes throughout the Syrian war, but has denied all accusations saying it is fighting terrorism.

The death toll in Syria is put between 250,000 and 470,000 people by different international organisations and rights groups.