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Published: Sat, February 11, 2017
Health | By Bessie Ortiz

Syrian's Bashar Assad: Some Refugees Are 'Definitely' Terrorists

Syrian's Bashar Assad: Some Refugees Are 'Definitely' Terrorists

"It's not a realistic idea at all".

Assad stressed that when the aforementioned is achieved, then a natural safe zone - "which is our country" can be established.

He further said that restoring stability to make Syria safe again is less costly, and more practical that creating safe zones.

The remarks come as the United Nations also rejects safe zones, saying the status quo in Syria does not allow for the creation of safe havens in northern Syria.

The embattled Syrian president also took aim at the United States when confronted with the allegations in the Amnesty International report.

While the new US president has said he's open to working with Russian Federation toward battling ISIS in Syria, it remains to be seen whether and how such cooperation may play out.

"If the Americans are genuine, of course they are welcome. Like any other country, we want to defeat and to fight the terrorists", he said.

Weighing in on one of the most contentious issues in American politics - the danger posed to host countries by the 4.8 million people who have fled from Syria's civil war - Syrian dictator Bashar Assad told Yahoo News that some of the refugees are "definitely" terrorists.

President Assad meanwhile, pointed out that some of these refuges have been aligned with terrorists.

"You don't need a significant number (of sympathizers) to commit atrocities", he said.

On Feb. 7, the Amnesty released a report stating that the Syrian authorities in Saydnaya prison near Damascus carried out mass hangings of as many as 13,000 people.

But when asked for evidence to back up his claim, Assad simply said: "You can find it on the net".

Fact check: A report by the Federal Bureau of Investigation published in July 2015 concluded that the images show no evidence of being manipulated and "appear to depict real people and events".

Syria's justice ministry dismissed the report as "completely false" earlier this week.

The ministry, in a statement published on Tuesday, emphasized that writs of execution are issued in Syria only after due process of law.

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