ISIS releases 22 Assyrian hostages

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Some of the Assyrian hostages from Tel Temir who were released earlier by ISIS. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Tel Temir, Syria – On Tuesday, the Islamic State militant group (IS/ISIS) freed 22 Assyrian hostages after six months of abduction in Tel Temir town in Hasakah province, northeastern Syria.  

The office of the Assyrian Archbishop in Hasakah said that the released hostages included 14 women and eight men.

“They were released after intensive efforts by the Assyrian Archbishopric in cooperation with local mediators who assisted during the negotiations with the (IS) group,” the office said in a statement. 

Speaking to ARA News, Denho Dawood, Assyrian activist and cousin of a released hostage, said: “The (IS) group freed 14 women and 8 old men who were abducted during the IS invasion into the Assyrian villages in the vicinity of Tel Temir nearly six months ago.” 

“Most of them are in bad health conditions. However, they expressed their relief for being freed from the group’s detention,” Dawood said. 

In February, IS militants stormed villages of the Assyrian Christian minority in Tel Temir and abducted more than 200 people. 

According to the Assyrian Network for Human Rights, at least 187 Assyrians are still held hostages by the IS radical group. 

Reporting by: Zozan Shekho

Source: ARA News 

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