Christians flee jihadists after Syria kidnappings

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BEIRUT: The kidnapping of dozens of Assyrian Christians by the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria has prompted hundreds of terrified families to flee their homes, activists said on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila). The United States condemned the mass abduction of Christians—the first of its kind in the war-torn country—and demanded the release of the 90 hostages. Nearly 1,000 families have fled their villages in the northeastern province of Hasakeh since Monday’s kidnappings, said Osama Edward, director of the Sweden-based Assyrian Human Rights Network.

AFP

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