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Syria: 37 Christian hostages set free by ISIS


Assyrian Christians

37 Christian hostages of ISIS have been set free by the terror group.

In keeping with details, the Assyrian Human Rights Network has verified that about 37 Christian hostages who were earlier kidnapped by ISIS have now been set free.These Christians have been released by the terror group followed by negotiation episode by the Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East.

Almost 40 Assyrian Christians kidnapped by Islamic State were today released following negotiations by the.

The Assyrian Human Rights Network has revealed that these Christians who have been freed were among those Christians who were abducted from the villages along the Khabour River which is in northern part of Syria earlier this year in February. In a series of anti-Christian drive the ISIS militants broke into these Christian majority villages at dawn, and kidnapped more than 200 Christians and kept them as captives and demanded a heavy amount for ransom.

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These Christians have been released today, November 7. Moreover, the Assyrian Human Rights Network revealed that all of the Christians who have been set free are in good health. Until this point, ISIS have relased a total of 88 Christians held as hostages. While 124 Christians are still in their captivity and negotiations are in process to make their release possible.

ISIS has now released 88 hostages in total, and around $100,000 per hostage, totalling $23 million. However, these Assyrian Christians can not afford such a huge amount, and seeing this, ISIS lowered the ransom amount to between $12-$14 million.

Soon after the news of the today’s release was aired, the A Demand For Action (ADFA), which is a group fighting for the minorities in the Middle East, expressed happened and satisfaction over the negotiations offered by the Assyrian Church.

Spokeswoman for A Demand For Action (ADFA), Diana Yaqco, said, “I am so relieved there is movement again and that the Church has made the Assyrian community so proud in the way it has handled the situation under such huge pressure. The church leaders are not politicians or professional negotiators but they have not abandoned anyone.”

“We remain in touch with relatives of those whom have been kidnapped in places like Sweden. They are still hopeful to see their loved ones released also and have been filtering through photos circulating on social media in hope to find a face they recognise.

“We continue to urge the appropriate governing bodies to intervene where they can to help safely return the remaining hostages. Urgent humanitarian assistance is still required to Iraq & Syria as the internally displaced person’s crises deepens.”