Islamic State releases 16 Christian hostages north Syria

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Militants of the Islamic State checking personal document of Syrian civilians in Jarablus. File photo

ARA News 

HASAKAH – The Islamic State group (ISIS) released on Friday a new batch of Assyrian Christian hostages who have been captured by the group in Syria’s northeastern province of Hasakah in February.  

Speaking to ARA News in Hasakah, head of the Assyrian Charity Association Edmun Gabriel confirmed the release of 16 Assyrian Christian hostages by ISIS on Friday evening.

“Today ISIS released a new batch of hostages who have been captured by the group in Tel Temir district of Hasakah countryside last February,” Gabriel said. 

“The freed hostages consisted of 16 civilians from four families, including four women and twelve children,” the Assyrian official told ARA News. “They descend from the villages of Tel Shamiram and Tel Jazeera in Tel Temir area.” 

Gabriel pointed out that after the release of this batch of Assyrian Christian hostages, there remain 43 people held by ISIS.

This is the fifth batch of Assyrian hostages to be released by ISIS in two months. 

In February 2015, militants of the Islamic State stormed a number of Christian villages in the area. Subsequent to fierce clashes with Kurdish forces and allied Assyrian fighters, the radical group took some 230 civilians as hostages before its withdrawal. 

ISIS has earlier released several batches of Christian hostages after negotiations with Assyrian figures, supported by Arab tribal mediators in Hasakah province. 

Reporting by: Qehreman Miste

Source: ARA News

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