ISIS fighters have captured as many as 230 civilians, including dozens of Christians, 45 women and 19 children, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a UK-based human rights organization.
The SOHR has claimed that ISIS fanatics allegedly seized 45 Assyrian Christian women and 19 children on Thursday night during raids conducted in the Syrian town of Al-Qaryatain, which is located in the western province of Homs.
According to the SOHR, capturing the town may help ISIS move fighters, weapons and supplies between the central-Syrian town of Palmyra and land that it already holds in Qalamun, to the west.
The terrorists reportedly started the attack with suicide bombings at the town’s checkpoints.
The Independent has reported that a handwritten note – which the newspaper has been unable to verify – purporting to contain the names of those taken by ISIS has been circulating on social media.
Describing the SOHR’s report as “very worrying,” Amnesty International has announced that it will be investigating the alleged kidnappings.
Having fallen victim to heavy persecution from the extremists, as many as two-thirds of the Assyrian community have deserted areas at risk from ISIS expansion, the newspaper continued.
The intensity of the barbarism espoused by ISIS terrorists in Iraq and Syria has shown little sign of relenting.
Local news outlets reported Monday that the self-declared Caliphate had executed 19 women for refusing to have sex with its fighters.
According to IraqiNews.com, an online Baghdad-based English-language newspaper, a media official of the Kurdistan Democratic Party in Mosul, Said Mimousini, said: “ISIS executed 19 women in the city of Mosul during the past two days.”
“The [death] penalty came on the background of the refusal to participate in the practice of sexual jihad,” he added.
Mimousini reportedly claimed the women were being held hostage in the ISIS-held stronghold of Mosul, Iraq, which the terrorist network seized in June last year.
Although ISIS fanatics attacked the Sinjar district in northern Iraq last year and captured hundreds of Yazidi women, it is not clear whether the 19 executed women were Yazidis or not.
Yazidism is an ancient faith, much older than Islam and Christianity, whose followers are regarded as heretical by ISIS members.
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