A report published today (February 7, 2017) by an international rights group states groups of 50 prisoners at a time at one jail in Syria have been executed on at least a weekly basis for about five years, according to the UPI website.
Amnesty International says in the report -- titled "Human Slaughterhouse" -- that Syrian officials approved inhumane conditions, torture, and extermination policies leading to mass hangings at the Saydnaya Prison. Some 13,000 people died from 2011--15.
The report indicates that many of the people held at the prison opposed the Syrian government on some level as the years-long civil war in Syria was just beginning and high-ranking officials in the Syrian government authorized many of the executions.
"The horrors depicted in this report reveal a hidden, monstrous campaign, authorized at the highest levels of the Syrian government, aimed at crushing any form of dissent within the Syrian population," said Lynn Maalouf, deputy director of research at Amnesty International's regional office in Beirut, Lebanon.