– 90 CHRISTIANS ABDUCTED BY ISIS
Militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria ( I.S.I.S) have abducted at least 90 people from Assyrian Christian villages Tel Hmar, Hasakah Province, in northeastern Syria, after dawn raids, a monitor that tracks violence in Syria said on Tuesday 02/24/2015. The city of Hasakah is mainly held by the Kurds but much of Hassakeh is divided between Kurdish and ISIS control.
The latest offensive coincides with a push by Syrian Kurds in northeastern Syria near the Iraqi border since Sunday 02/22/2015, that had compounded losses for the militant group in Syria. The Kurds have taken 24 villages and hamlets as part of an operation to try to recapture the town of Tal Hamis, East to Tel hmar where the abduction took place and surrounding areas.
ISIS-DAESH has destroyed churches and Christian shrines in Syria, and demanded that Christians living under its rule pay a tax known as jizya.
Fighters from the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) have been on the offensive in the province in recent days.
They have taken 24 villages and hamlets as part of an operation to try to recapture the town of Tal Hamis and surrounding areas.
According to Osama Edward, director of the Sweden-based Assyrian Human Rights Network, on Wednesday 02/25/2015, about 1000 Assyrian families, one of the world’s oldest Christian communities, have run for their lives in the wake of the abduction .
“Since Monday (February 23), 800 families have taken refuge in the city of Hasakah and another 150 in Qamishli,” Edward said, adding that “between 70 and 100 people, mainly women, children and the elderly” have been kidnapped in the village of Tel Shamiram’ he said. .
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