ISIS Releases Christian Hostages

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Assarian women who have fled their homes, pray at Ibrahim Al-Kalil Melkite Greek Catholic Church. Photo courtesy  of CNN.com.

Assarian women who have fled their homes, pray at Ibrahim Al-Kalil Melkite Greek Catholic Church.
Photo courtesy of CNN.com.

The Islamic State organization released nineteen Christian hostages on Sunday. The hostages had been taken captive on February 23 during an attack on a string of villages near the Khabur River.

The individuals arrived at the Church of the Virgin Mary in the city of Hassakeh.

The ISIS self-proclaimed court had ordered to release 19 of the 220 hostages. The Syrian Observatory said they are unsure as to why only 19 of the 220 hostages have been released. Most of the hostages were close to the age of 50.

The kidnappings have created further fears among religious minorities in both Syria and Iraq. Both have frequently been targeted by the Islamic State group.

The Syrian Observatory has announced that ISIS has killed 1,969 people since the announcement of its “Islamic caliphate” back in June. Nearly two-thirds of the victims were civilians.

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