Last week Stand for Israel reported the horrific abduction of hundreds of Christians by the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group. Now, Newsweek reports that 19 of those who were kidnapped have been released, though dozens remain in captivity:
The Islamic State (ISIS) has released 19 of its Assyrian hostages, according to the human rights group A Demand for Action. The 17 men and two women are from Tal Goran, Syria; it is unclear why they were released on Sunday.
Last week, ISIS took hundreds of Assyrian villagers hostage in the Tell Tamer region of Syria. Although the exact number of captives is unknown, A Demand For Action estimates between 150 and 274 hostages remain.
The terrorist organization also burned local churches belonging to the Christian community. A Demand for Action said in a statement that the Islamic State is attempting to “ethnically cleanse” the region.