IS frees last group of Syrian Christians abducted in 2015

Published: Monday 22nd February 2016 by The News Editor

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The Islamic State group has released the last group of Assyrian Christians taken hostage last year, a Christian official in north-eastern Syria said.

Younan Talia, of the Assyrian Democratic Organisation, said that about 40 remaining Christian captives were released and are on their way to the north-eastern town of Tal Tamr.

The freed Christians were part of about 230 Assyrian Christians captured last February by the extremists after they overran Assyrian communities on the southern bank of the Khabur River in north-eastern Hassakeh province.

Mr Younan said the release came after mediation led by a top Assyrian priest in northern Syria.

The Assyrian Church of the East Relief Organisation said that 43 Assyrians, who make the “final number of hostages in Khabur,” were released on Monday.

Published: Monday 22nd February 2016 by The News Editor

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