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ISIS to Execute 180 Assyrian Christians After Negotiations Break Down

The Islamic State terror group claims it will be executing
180 Assyrian Christians who were kidnapped in mass
raids in February, after negotiators failed to meet the
jihadists’ high asking price to free the hostages.
ARA News reported on Monday that the terror group is
asking for $12 million for the release of the Assyrians, a
sum deemed “unbearable” for the community.
“The negotiations, led by Bishop Ephrem Otnaial, head of
the Church of the East in Syria, have been suspended due
to the unbearable demands of the terror group,” revealed
Osama Edward, director of the Assyrian Human Rights
Network.
“ISIS threatened to execute the 180 hostages if we didn’t
pay the ransom,” he continued.
A member of the Civil Peace Committee in Tel Temir, who
chose to remain anonymous, said that “internal rifts”
emerged among Assyrian officials about how to gather
the money.
The 180 Assyrians are part of a group of 230 people
kidnapped by IS in February from villages in the Khabur
river valley in Syria.
Early in September, hopes emerged that the hostages
might be freed, after IS reportedly agreed to lower its
ransom demands.
Syrian Catholic Archbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo
revealed that negotiators had managed to explain to IS
forces that asking for 23 million dollars to free 230 people
was an impossible sum, and claimed that IS had decided
to ask for “much, much less,” though he did not share the
precise amount.
“Therefore, now, the biggest obstacle regarding the
release of our Assyrian brothers is no longer money, but
the difficulty of how to organize the phase of liberation,”
Hindo said at the time.
The Catholic Archbishop even suggested that buses were
being organized to collect the hostages and bring them
back to Hassaké.
The terror group, which has been persecuting Christians
and other religions minorities across Iraq and Syria, has
released small groups of hostages it kidnapped from
Khabur, but is still holding the vast majority of people it
took captive.
IS has specifically targeted Assyrians, looking to drive
them out of their millennia-old communities.
Last week, IS released a video showing the executions of
three of the hostages, which drew condemnation from
persecution watchdog groups, such as A Demand for
Action.
“We condemn this latest act of barbarism in the strongest
possible terms. The systematic ethno-religious cleansing
of Assyrians/Syriacs/Chaldeans continues. They are
helpless. They are children. They are women. They are
somebody’s father and brother,” wrote A Demand for
Action spokesperson Diana Yaqco.
“We plea and beg of the international community to
intervene immediately,” Yaqco added. “We have been
driven out of our ancestral lands. We have been killed and
crucified. The international community must act now to
save lives of others kidnapped.”

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