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Syria: ISIS releases a video showing three Christians being executed


ISIS kills three more Christians

Ultra-terror group ISIS executes three more Christians as can be seen in a recent video released by the jihadists.

In a recent video released by ISIS, the terrorists can be seen executing three Assyrian Christians who have been identified as Dr Abdulmasih Aniya, Ashur Abraham and Bassam Michael. This video is speculated to be an attempt by the group to intimidate the Syrian Christians to pay the ransom for the kidnapped Christians.

In the video, ISIS had been demanding a colossal ransom of $14 million for the release of more than 200 other Syrian hostages. ISIS militants could be seen demanding the ransom before each of the three Christians were shot one at a time.

The three Christians could be seen wearing orange jumpsuits. Each of the three Christians first identifies himself before the camera saying, “I am a Nazarene Christian)”. After this the militants demand $14 million ransom for the other Christian hostages still in their captivity. After this the jihadists, shot them dead. However, one ISIS jihadist is shown in the video who puts blame on the Church “for not protecting Christians.”

Previously in February this year, terror group ISIS had kidnapped these three martyred Christians among several other Christians from 35 villages by the side of Khabur River. The martyred Christians were from Tal Jazirah and Tal Shamiram in the Khabur river valley, al Hasakah province, in the northern part of Syria.

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It has not been possible so far to estimate an exact number of kidnapped Christians who are still missing, although some believe that there are about 230 Assyrian Christians in the captivity of ISIS. Initially, the terror group had demanded $100,000 per hostage but seeing that the Christian community was not wealthy enough to pay their demanded ransom they lowered the amount.

After the video was released the Assyrian Human Rights Network and the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights speculated that the execution took place on Eid al-Adha, some two weeks ago however, the video is released now.

Another human rights group A Demand for Action (ADFA), which campaigns for the security of religious minorities, has urged for an international involvement. “We condemn this latest act of barbarism in the strongest possible terms. The systematic ethno-religious cleansing of Assyrians/Syriacs/Chaldeans continues. They are helpless. They are children. They are women. They are somebody’s father and brother.”

“We plea and beg of the international community to intervene immediately. We have been driven out of our ancestral lands. We have been killed and crucified. The international community must act now to save lives of others kidnapped.”

Nuri Kino- ADFA head says that local Church has done all possible efforts it can to help those suffering at the hands of ISIS. “If we want to look at who carries responsibility for the current situation, then we don’t need to look any further than the West and the international community, who have ignored our cries and pleas for help.”

“Christianity in the Middle East is becoming extinct. It cannot survive without a safe haven and international protection. As a people, the Assyrians/Chaldeans/Syriacs, who were among the first to embrace Christianity, are already on the endangered list. Without a safe haven in the Nineveh Plains, their ancestral home [and] our people will be a thing of the past.”