Assyrian Christians Are surrounded by ISIS Jihadists in latest attack; 51 children and 84 women among kidnapped hostages

assyrian-iraq-christianAssyrian Christians Are Surrounded by ISIS Jihadists in Latest Attack; 51 Children and 84 Women Among Kidnapped Hostages

By Stoyan Zaimov

ISIS has captured a number of cities across Iraq and Syria and has raided Assyrian villages on a number of occasions.

In February it kidnapped close to 300 people from 35 different villages in the Hasakah province. The terror group later released dozens of the hostages, but has since been demanding close to $30 million to free the others.

Hindo revealed that negotiations for the release of the hostages have stalled, however. 

An Assyrian woman attends a mass in solidarity with the Assyrians abducted by Islamic State fighters in Syria earlier this week, inside Ibrahim al-Khalil church in Jaramana, eastern damascus March 1, 2015. Militants in northeast Syria are now estimated to have abducted at least 220 Assyrian Christians this week, a group monitoring the war reported.

Assyrian Christians have reported a new attack by terror group ISIS in the city of Hassaké in Syria, where the jihadists were successfully pushed back by local Kurdish militia before the latest insurgence. Reports have said that negotiations for the previously 232 kidnapped Assyrian Christians have stalled, among whom are 51 children and 84 women.

“We are going through a terrible moment. The jihadists of the Islamic State attacked Hassaké for two days. They were warded off by the army and Kurdish militias. But we are cut off, like an island surrounded by jihadists from all sides,” said Syrian Catholic Archbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo, head of Archieparchy in Hassaké-Nisibi, according to Fides News Agency.

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