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Islamic State (IS) has released another 37 Assyrian Christians kidnapped nine months ago.

The group, including men and women in their sixties and seventies, were among the 253 Christians snatched in IS attacks on Assyrian villages in north-eastern Syria’s Hassaka province.

The newly released hostages arrived safely on 9 November at the local town of Tel Tamar.

Negotiations to release the captives were reported between the Assyrian Church of the East and IS.  IS had previously demanded $100,000 for each hostage. Further negotiations are understood to be “underway” sources said.

On 7 October, IS had released a video of its militants killing three Assyrian hostages, while threatening to kill more if demands were not met.

IS still holds captive an estimated 168 other Hassaka Christians, as well as 185 Assyrians abducted from the town of Qaryatain in western Syria’s Homs province in the first week of August.

Islamic State’s countless acts of violence have particularly targeted religious minorities. Reported abuses include murders and sexual enslavement.

Source: World Watch Monitor, Assyrian International News Agency

Prayer Points

  • Thank the Lord for delivering these believers from their captives. Pray the Lord will make a way for many more to escape or be released.
  • Ask God to bring complete physical, emotional and spiritual healing to these Christians. Pray He will enable them to forgive and intercede for the militants who held them.
  • Pray the Lord will pour out His Spirit on the nations of Syria and Iraq; may there be unprecedented church growth.

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