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Published On: Tue, Mar 3rd, 2015

ISIS captures over 260 Christians in Syria, at least 15 murdered

ISIS is holding hundreds of Assyrian Christians captured over the last three days in northeastern Syria while releasing some to make headlines and create confusion over their tactics.
Estimates of the number taken into captivity have climbed steadily since Monday, when new attacks by ISIS, or the Islamic State, on about 30 villages were first reported.
Sunni Islamists are holding 262 Assyrians, according to the Assyrian Human Rights Network. The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights puts the number of Assyrian hostages seized over the past three days at 220. Locals suspect the numbers are higher.
photo/Islamic State flag

photo/Islamic State flag

CNN and other media outlets “celebrate” the release of less than 10% of the known hostages held from the Hasaka Province.

Syrian Observatory reported that ISIS has killed 1,969 people, since the declaration of its “caliphate” last June. Nearly two-thirds of them — 1,238 people — were civilians.
Residents in Hasaka Province have named and confirmed 135 persons from five villages as captured by ISIS, said Archimandrite Emanuel Youkhana of the Assyrian Church of the East. An additional 51 families, according to Youkhana, who heads up relief efforts for CAPNI, an Assyrian agency working in Syria and northern Iraq, are reported captured from the village of Tel Shamiram.
“None of the families of this village managed to flee,” Archimandrite Emanuel Youkhana of the Assyrian Church of the Eastsaid by email this morning.
At least 15 young Assyrian Christians have been killed trying to protect their villages, Youkhana said, but that, too, is a number that is likely to increase. In the village of Tel Hormizd there are confirmed reports that two female fighters working with a militia to protect the village had been captured—and one of them beheaded.
“American bombers flew over the area several times, but without taking action,” reported Youkhana.
The Assyrians also did not receive any assistance from the Red Crescent or the Syrian government, he said, possibly because they are Christians. He added that the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) “is nowhere to be seen.”
CNN did note that “ISIS also executed 125 of its own members for “exceeding the limits in religion,” a claim by the Syrian Observatory.

“We in SOHR believe that the real number of people that had been killed by (ISIS) is higher than the number documented by SOHR because there are hundreds of missing and detainees inside the (ISIS) jails, loss of communication with about 1,000 men of al-Shaitaat tribe, (and) dozens of Kurds who have still been missing” since ISIS attacked the Syrian town of Kobani in September.

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