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IS abducts 150 Christians, rapes and kills women, a "tragic situation" for vicar to Aleppo
A steady stream of horrific stories is coming out of jihadist-held areas. Terrorists hold hundreds of Christians, including seniors and children. For apostolic nuncio to Damascus, "Christians feel abandoned". There is "blood everywhere" and everyone is suffering. He believes that the war on terrorism is pointless but oil, "financial and military supplies" should be cut off.
BREAKING NEWS: Not all Christian hostages in Syria freed, more families abducted
More than 60 Christians among 230 Syrian civilians abducted by the Islamic State in al-Qaryatain
After they seized the city, Jihadis detained hundreds of people, accusing them of collaborating with the Assad regime. People are not allowed to leave the city. IS militiamen detain entire families. Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate says contacts with locals are "very difficult". IS wants to use civilians as "human shields".
23/02/2016 17:01:00 SYRIA
Islamic State frees last group of Assyrian Christians of Hassaké
Confirmation in an official note of Acero, the Assyrian association that oversaw the negotiations for the release. Freed, for a fee, also the last 43 community members. To date there are more hostages in the hands of jihadists. In recent months three people had been executed.
19/07/2016 17:03:00 SYRIA
Aleppo: Humanitarian tragedy unfolds as 200 thousand people risk starvation
Food, bread and other basic necessities lacking for days. United Nations denounces block in aid distribution. The government's siege of the eastern part of the city could be a turning point in the Syrian conflict. In the northeast of the country a Syrian Orthodox Church on fire; behind the raid (maybe) Islamic State militiamen.
11/04/2016 17:15:00 SYRIA
Al-Qaryatayn: 21 Christians killed by Islamic State, others still in the hands of the jihadists
The news first denounced by the Syrian Orthodox Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II. The killings date back to the time of the siege of the town and in the following weeks. Fr. Michel: "Ongoing negotiations to free the hostages, but the situation is confusing." Uncertainty over their fate. The militia reported to have tried to sell the Christian women as slaves.
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