ISIS militants have abducted 220 Assyrian Christians from villages in northeastern Syria

February 26, 2015 5:03 pm

militants have abducted 220 Assyrian Christians from villages in
northeastern in recent days, a monitoring group said Thursday,
more than twice as many as previously reported.

“No fewer than
220 Assyrian citizens (of Syria) were abducted by ISIS over the past
three days from 11 villages” in Hasakeh province, the Syrian Observatory
for Human Rights said.

Fighters of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) walk past an
armored vehicle along a street in the town of Tel Tamr February 25,
2015. (Reuters)  

“Negotiations are under way through
mediators from Arab tribes and a member of the Assyrian community to
secure the release of the hostages,” the Britain-based monitoring group
said.

ISIS has seized 10 Christian villages in the Tal Tamer
district in the west of the province, prompting a mass exodus of
civilians, the Observatory added.

There were 30,000 Assyrians
in Syria before the country’s civil war erupted in 2011, most of them in
Hasakeh. At that point Syria had an estimated Christian population of
about 1.2 million.

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