ISIS transfers Assyrian hostages to Raqqa

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Christian fighters of Sutoro (The Syriac Security Office) carry their weapons as they man a checkpoint in the town of Tel Tamr February 25, 2015. (Reuters)

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Hasakah, Syria – After kidnapping hundreds of Assyrian Christians in northeastern Syria, militants of the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) reportedly transferred the abductees from Tel Temir to other areas of control in the provinces of Hasakah and Raqqa, military sources reported on Thursday.  

Speaking to ARA News, the member of al-Nusra Front (Syria’s branch of al-Qaeda) Samir Taji said that the Islamic State group has dispersed the Assyrian prisoners, including women and children, in areas under its control such as Raqqa, al-Hol, Tel Hamis, and Mount Abdulaziz in Hasakah, in northeastern Syria.

“The Assyrian hostages, who were captured after the battles of Aghibish (Assyrian village near Tel Temir) in Hasakah province, reached 250 people. They were first kept in an IS-held detention center near Mount Abdulaziz, before being transferred to other areas,” Taji added.

In the meantime, IS-linked media activists reported that the radical group has captured 40 Kurdish fighters of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and 4 fighters of the Assyrian forces of Sutoro during clashes near Tel Temir on Wednesday. 

Local committees documented the number of the missing people from the predominantly Assyrian villages, which is now under the IS control. The main affected villages are Tel Jazeera, Tel Faida, Tel Goran, Tel Hormuz and Tel Shamiram. 

The fate of the hostages is still unknown. 

Noteworthy, dozens of Assyrian Christian families were displaced from the town of Tel Temir in northeastern Syria following attacks by extremists of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS). The radical group has also bombed the ancient Assyrian church of Qabr Shamiya in the countryside of Tel Temir.

 

Reporting by: Sarbaz Yusuf

Source: ARA News

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