(AhlulBayt News Agency) - An Israeli cabinet minister has called for the assassination of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad following new allegations over his government’s treatment of political prisoners.
“The reality of the situation in Syria is that they are executing people, using directed chemical attacks against them, and the latest extreme - burning their corpses, something we haven’t seen in 70 years,” Yoav Galant, currently Housing and Construction Minister, told an audience at a conference near Jerusalem on Tuesday.
“In my view, we are crossing a red line. And in my view, the time has come to assassinate Assad. It’s as simple as that,” the former Israel Defence Force (IDF) Southern Command General said.
When asked about his speech by the Times of Israel, Galant - who oversaw the 2008 war with Hamas in Gaza - said that while political assassination is both illegal and impractical, “Anyone who murders people and burns their corpses does not have a place in this world.”
“We believe that the building of a crematorium is an effort to cover up the extent of mass murders taking place,” Stuart Jones, the US’ acting assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern Affairs, told reporters in Washington DC.
The findings showed the Syrian government has “sunk to a new level of depravity,” he said.
On Tuesday a spokesperson for Syria’s Foreign Ministry denied the US’ allegations regarding Sadnaya, a huge prison complex outside Damascus.
Successive US administrations are “fabricating lies and creating false allegations … to justify their policies of aggression and intervention in sovereign states,” SANA quoted a ministry source as saying.
This is while the Tel Aviv regime regularly attacks positions held by pro-Damascus forces in Syria, claiming that the attacks are retaliatory.
Syria says the Israeli raids are meant to shore up the Takfiri terrorists, who are increasingly losing ground against the Arab country’s army.
The Syrian army has on several occasions confiscated Israeli-made arms and military equipment from terrorists fighting the government forces. There are also reports that Israel has been providing medical treatment to the extremists wounded in Syria.
Last month, Israel’s former minister of military affairs Moshe Ya’alon admitted to a tacit alliance with Daesh , saying the terrorist group had "immediately apologized" to Tel Aviv after firing “once” into Israel.
Last September, Israeli lawmaker Akram Hasson accused Tel Aviv of directly aiding the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham terror outfit, formerly known as al-Nusra Front, in the battles on the Golan Heights.