Islamic State releases 19 Christians

2015-03-01 21:56
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Beirut - Supporters of the Islamic State released 19 Assyrian Christian captives in Syria on Sunday after processing them through a Sharia court, a monitoring group which tracks the conflict said.

Another report said that 28 captives had been released.

More than 200 Assyrians remain in Islamic State hands, said the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The Christians were taken captive after ISIS supporters overran more than a dozen villages inhabited by the ancient Christian minority near Hasaka.

ISIS has not claimed any of the abductions.

The Observatory tracks the conflict using a network of sources on all sides of the civil war which spiralled as security forces used violence to suppress protests against President Bashar al-Assad's rule in 2011.

It said 17 men and two women had been released.

ISIS has killed members of religious minorities and Sunni Muslims who do not swear allegiance to its self-declared "caliphate". The group last month released a video showing its members beheading 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya.

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