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Six-year-old Mariana Mirza was freed on Tuesday 3 March 2015 by Islamic State (IS) fighters, two days after her parents were released by the same group in Syria.

Six-year-old Mariana Mirza was freed on Tuesday 3 March 2015 by Islamic State (IS) fighters, two days after her parents were released by the same group in Syria.

Mariana’s parents, who were from Tel Goran, Syria, had also been captured and were released on Sunday, but IS did not release Mariana at that time.

‘Because her mother was pregnant and expecting, she was forced to leave, but Mariana’s father’s aunt, Bobo Mirza, who also has now been released, stayed behind with Mariana,’ said a spokesperson for the Assyrian International News Agency.

At the same time, the terror group freed two other Assyrian captives, who were captured in the initial attacks on the 35 Assyrian villages on the Khabur River in the Hasaka province of Syria. The two others released, Yatroun Marko and his wife Wardiyya Yonan, were both from the village of Tel Shamiram. All of the released are being cared for at St Mary’s Church in Hasaka, Syria.

AINA is reporting that the number of Assyrians captured by Islamic State is somewhere between 262 and 373.

 Source: Assist News Service

 Prayer Points

  • Thank the Lord for the release of yet more hostages. Pray they will seek the Lord for His strength to overcome their suffering.
  • Pray they will be happily reunited with their loved ones; pray the Lord will grant them provision and protection.
  • Pray for the hostages that remain; ask the Lord to stir in the hearts of their captors to feel compassion and mercy.