ISIS releases 42 Christian hostages northeast Syria

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Ignatius Aphrem II, Syriac Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, during a visit to the Syriac-Assyrian church in Qamishli, northeastern Syria, in April 2015, as the region encounters conflict with ISIS militants. Photo: ARA News

ARA News 

HASAKAH – The Islamic State group (ISIS) released on Monday the final batch of Assyrian Christian hostages who have been captured by the group in Syria’s northeastern province of Hasakah in February 2015. 

Speaking to ARA News in Hasakah, head of the Assyrian Charity Association Edmun Gabriel confirmed the release of 42 Assyrian Christian hostages by ISIS on Monday evening.

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

“We are glad to have all the hostages back to their families after one year of abduction. This is a blessed day for our Assyrian people,” he said. 

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 from Tel Temir after negotiations with Assyrian figures, supported by Arab tribal mediators in Hasakah province. 

Reporting by: Qehreman Miste

Source: ARA News

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