Friday, August 7, 2015

IS Mil.Take Dozens of Syrian Christian Families; Kidnap at Least 230 People in Province of Homs

Islamic State militants have captured dozens of Christian families after seizing a strategically located town in the Syrian province of Homs, the Religion News website reports today (August 7, 2015).

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 230 people were kidnapped or detained -- including dozens of Christians -- some of whom were taken from a church in Qaryatain, the town captured overnight after heavy fighting with the Syrian army.

Rami Abdulrahman, the head of the Observatory, said the Christians were "either kidnapped from checkpoints or raids from churches."

Among those seized were 45 women and 19 children -- including 11 families -- some of whom were on a militants' wanted list, said the monitor that tracks the war's violence through an extensive network of sources on the ground.

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