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Syria: freed

Islamic State (IS) militants freed a group of 25 Christians from Syria’s north-eastern Khabur river area on the morning of 25 December, a Christmas blessing. However, just five days later 13 Christians were killed when jihadists bombed three Christian-run restaurants in northern Syria.

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The 25 Christians had been held for ten months. They are part of a larger group of 253 believers who were captured when jihadists raided their villages last February, some of whom have previously been released in small groups.