ISIS releases 16 Assyrian Christian hostages

by Carey Lodge CHRISTIAN TODAY JOURNALIST  |  published on January 30, 2016

freed-assyrian-hostagesISIS has released 16 more Assyrian Christian hostages in Syria, activists working in the region have confirmed.

The Assyrian Church of the East Relief Organisation (ACERO) today said the 16 were released after being held in north-eastern Syria since February 2015. Photos posted on Facebook show that at least nine of the freed are children.

The hostages were among more than 200 people abducted from villages along the Khabour River in northern Syria on February 23 last year. ISIS militants undertook raids on a number of Assyrian villages near Tel Hmar, burning churches and forcing hundreds of families to flee.

ISIS has now released more than 160 captives in total, and A Demand for Action (ADFA), a campaign group for minorities in the Middle East, previously told Christian Today that the Church is working “day and night to make sure all are returned to their families safely”.