IS kills 15 Assyrian Christian hostages in Syria

(AGI) Rome, Feb 26 - Islamic State (IS) militants are said tohave killed 15 of the Christians seized in Hassake province, onSyria's north-eastern border with Iraq. Archimandrite EmanuelYoukhana, who reported the kidnapping of more than 100 AssyrianChristians on Monday, told the organisation Aid to the Churchin Need that 15 of the hostages had been killed, many of whomhad been defending their villages and their families. A womanwas beheaded in Tel Hormidz and two men were shot dead. Thereare, as yet, no details of the killings of the remaining 12victims. Archimandrite Youkhana

(AGI) Rome, Feb 26 - Islamic State (IS) militants are said tohave killed 15 of the Christians seized in Hassake province, onSyria's north-eastern border with Iraq. Archimandrite EmanuelYoukhana, who reported the kidnapping of more than 100 AssyrianChristians on Monday, told the organisation Aid to the Churchin Need that 15 of the hostages had been killed, many of whomhad been defending their villages and their families. A womanwas beheaded in Tel Hormidz and two men were shot dead. Thereare, as yet, no details of the killings of the remaining 12victims. Archimandrite Youkhana also reported that the numberof people kidnapped had risen to around 350, including 80 morevillagers from Tel Jazira, 21 from Tel Gouran, five from TelFeytha and three from Qabir Shamiya. Almost all are being heldhostage in the Sunni village of Um Al-Masamier. He also saidanother 51 families with around five members each had beenseized in Tel Shamiram, but had no further details as to wherethey were being held, although he thought they may have beentaken to the IS-held Mount Abdul Aziz region. An unconfirmedsource reported that a mass execution was being planned forFriday Feb. 27 at the Mosque in Bab Alfaraj, a Sunni village inthat particular region. The 35 Assyrian Christian villages arenow completely deserted. Of those who managed to escape, 800families went to Hassake and 175 to Qamishli. The refugees needfood, water and basic goods, medical care and clothing, and Aidto the Church in Need will do all it can to preserve theirdignity. Some 2.3 million euros, donated by privatebenefactors, have already been set aside for many parts ofSyria, including those most recently attacked. (AGI).