Monday 20 November 2017

More Christians abducted by IS

Islamic State started abducting Christian Assyrians on Monday. (AP)
Islamic State started abducting Christian Assyrians on Monday. (AP)

The number of Christians abducted by Islamic State in north-eastern Syria has risen to 220, activists say.

The militants have picked up dozens more Christian Assyrians from 11 communities near the town of Tal Tamr in the past three days, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

IS began abducting the Assyrians on Monday when militants attacked a cluster of villages along the Khabur River, sending thousands of people fleeing to safer areas.

The Khabur River, in Hassakeh province, which borders Turkey and Iraq, has become the latest battleground in the fight against IS in Syria. It is predominantly Kurdish but also has populations of Arabs and predominantly Christian Assyrians and Armenians.

Younan Talia, a senior official with the Assyrian Democratic Organisation, said IS had raided 33 Assyrian villages.

Press Association

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