ISIS abducts 90, swipes whole village


Syria: Islamic state militants kidnapped at least 90 people from Assyrian Christian villages in northeastern Syria. The abduction is said to have taken place after ISIS seized two communities from Kurdish forces in the northeast province of Hassekeh, a human rights observatory source claimed.

Women and children were mostly targeted by the group. Rami Abdurraham, the London-based Syrian-Observatory for Human Right (SOHR) said that no more information is available yet. Militants held 70 to 100 captives, mostly woman and children while the men who were abducted were transported to Abd al-Aziz Mountains.

The mass abduction occurred just weeks after the group released footage showing the beheading of 21 Coptic Christians on a beach in Libya. An Assyrian woman from Tal Shmiran, who lives in Beirut, said she has been scrambling to find out what had happened to her family. ‘Land lines have been cut, their mobiles are switched off,” she told AP.

Have they been slaughtered? Are they still alive? That’s the question which is being looked into.