Monday, March 2, 2015

IS Starts to Kill the Christian Hostages It Seized; Still Holds Over 350 Assyrians,Killed 15 of Them

Terrorist group Islamic State (IS) has started to kill hostages it seized after it took control of Assyrian Christian villages in Syria's Hassake governorate -- with reports that around 15 of them are dead -- the Independent Catholic News website reports today (March 2, 2015).

In a message sent to Catholic agencies working in the region -- including Aid to the Church in Need -- Archimandrite Emanuel Youkhana passed on news of the executions from a contact in Hassake city, and said the number still being held exceeds 350.

Archimandrite Youkhana -- who supports persecuted Christians in the Middle East -- said: "Around 15 young Assyrians are martyred. Many of them were fighting to defend and protect the villages and families."

From the village of Tel Hormizd 14 people were taken -- 12 men and two women -- who were fighting to defend their homes. Reports indicate that of the Tel Hormizd fighters, one woman has been beheaded and two men have been shot.

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