Islamic State militants have kidnapped at least 220 people from Assyrian Christian villages in Syria, according to the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The abductions occurred over the past three days as ISIS seized 10 villages near the city of Hasaka, which is mostly inhabited by Kurds. “ISIS now controls 10 Christian villages,” Observatory chief Rami Abdulrahman said. “They have taken the people they kidnapped away from the villages and into their territory.” ISIS has not claimed any of the attacks, but last week Islamic State militants posted a video online showing the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya.
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