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ISIS begins executing captured Christians

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported in early October that three Christians, who were part of a group of 200 or more held captive by Daesh (Islamic State) since February, have been executed.

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Photo of Hassaka taken on 27 February, in the week that IS overran Assyrian villages | photo: Assyrian Church of the East

The terrorist group released a video on 8 October showing Dr Abdel-Maseeh Aniyah, Ashur Rustam Abraham and Bassam Issa Michael in orange jumpsuits. The men were ordered to confirm their names before being shot dead. In an apparently scripted moment, a Christian then pointed to the bodies on the ground and said: ‘our fate is the same as these if you do not take proper procedure for our release.’ Daesh have threatened to execute the remaining hostages if their ransoms are not paid.