Islamist group threatens to kill 200 more Assyrian men taken captive in February unless $100,000 ransom is paid for each
According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Islamic State militants appear to have killed three Christian captives in Syria.
The men were captured in February when Isis overran a series of Assyrian settlements in north-east Syria.
Kabur river villages that were populated in the early 20th century by Assyrian Christians fleeing Turkish genocide, were raided.
A video released by the Islamic group shows one of the men delivering an Isis threat.
Islamists vow to kill over 200 Assyrian Christians held hostage if the militants’ demands and ransom are not met.
Isis has demanded a ransom of US $100,000 for each prisoner.
“We condemn this latest act of barbarism in the strongest possible terms,” an Assyrian activist network said in a statement.
“The systematic ethno-religious cleansing of Assyrian/Syriac/Chaldeans continues. They are helpless. They are children. They are women. They are somebody’s father and brother. We plea and beg of the international community to intervene immediately. 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.”
Source: The Guardian