According to Agenzia Fides jihadists affiliated with the Islamic State (Daesh) released Assyrian Christians on January 14 who were part of the large group captured and deported on 23 February 23, 2015. The jihadi militias took the Christians when carrying out an offensive against the predominantly Christian Assyrian villages scattered along the Khabur valley river, in the northeastern Syrian province of Hassakè.
Eight members of the released hostages are children. All appeared in decent condition. Syrian Catholic Archbishop of Hassakè-Nisibis, Jacques Behnan Hindo told Fides, “This time, the hostages released were left near the city of Tel Tamar and from there were able to reach their village of Tel Jazira”.
More than 250 Assyrian Christians of the Khabur valley were taken hostage by the jihadists in February. Since then there have been several of groups of prisoners released. Last time, on Christmas Day, 25 Assyrian Christians had been released by Daesh. Archbishop Hindo relayed to Fides, “At the moment, according to our calculations, hostages of that group who still remain in the hands of the Islamic State may be less than seventy”.
In early October, a video of the execution of three Assyrian Christians in the Khabur valley was released on jihadist websites. The footage, shot according to the gruesome rituals followed in other similar cases by jihadist propaganda, warned that the executions of other hostages would continue if the sum demanded as ransom for their release was not paid.
Please keep praying endurance for those still held captive and for their release.