Tuesday, February 24, 2015

IS Abducts 90 Greek Orth. Christians in Syria; Over 600 Families Flee Area, Others Trapped

A human rights group has confirmed that IS (Islamic State) jihadists abducted at least 90 Christian men, women, and children from villages in northeastern Syria yesterday, the Catholic News website reports today (February 24, 2015).

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), the Assyrian Orthodox Christians were kidnapped in dawn raids near the town of Tal Tamr.

They were taken from the villages of Tal Shamiram and Tal Hurmoz in a predominantly Kurdish region of Syria that lies between Turkey and Iraq.

More than 600 families have fled, a local cleric told the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) -- around 400 to Hassakeh city and another 200 to the city of Qamishli. Others are reportedly trapped in their villages.

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