16 Assyrian hostages freed after nearly a year in IS hands
Syrian soldiers patrolling. EFE/File
Beirut, Jan 14 (EFE).- At least 16 Assyrian hostages were released on Thursday in the Syrian northeastern province of al-Hasakah, after nearly a year passed since they were abducted by the Islamic State, or IS, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.
Among those released, there are at least seven women, said the NGO, recalling that these people were abducted with a group of more than 200 Assyrians last February in the vicinity of Tel Tamer.
No more details were disclosed on the release of these people or whether a ransom was paid.
In recent months, IS has been releasing some of the Assyrian hostages, the last 25 released on Dec. 25 in exchange for a ransom.