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ICC Note: After months of negotiations for high ransom, ISIS released another small group of Assyrian Christians who will have to be reintegrated into society after such a traumatic ordeal. The Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria kidnapped several hundred Assyrian Christians in 2015 from the cities of Hosaka (Province), Qaryatain, and Khabur. among others as they ravaged through predominantly Christian towns and held their hostages as slaves, according to recent UN Report.

1/29/2016 Syria (AINA) – ISIS today released 22 Assyrian hostages in Syria. 16 of the hostages were captured captured on February 23 when ISIS attacked the 35 Assyrian villages on the Khabur river in the Hasaka province. ISIS captured 253 in the initial attack and drove 3,000 Assyrians from their villages. The other 6 hostages who were released were captured in the town of Qaryatain on August 6, 2015, when ISIS captured the town.

The group of released hostages was comprised of women and children.

ISIS executed three of the Khabur hostages on September 23 The number of Assyrians from Khabur still being held is now 73.

With the release of 6 Assyrians from Qaryatain ISIS is now holding 179 Assyrians from that town.

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