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Syrian government hangs up to 13,000 in 'horrifying' executions, but world is unlikely to do anything

Syrian government hangs up to 13,000 in 'horrifying' executions, but world is unlikely to do anything

The Syrian government commits an atrocity. The United States and the United Nations denounce it. Nothing happens.

It’s a pattern that experts say will likely continue with the revelation this week that, since 2011, officials at a military prison in Syria have summarily executed as many as 13,000 people by hanging.

A U.N. spokesman called the executions “horrifying.”

Amnesty International, which documented the killings, concluded they were part of a systematic government policy and constituted crimes against humanity. The group called on the U.N. to independently investigate the prison and other detention centers and to act immediately to end the...

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