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Friday, 7 August 2015

TERRORISM: Isil kidnaps hundreds of civilians after capturing key town in Syria

An Isil flag is displayed
Al-Qaryatain captured by ISIL

 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) has abducted 230 civilians, including at least 60 Christians, in a central Syrian town hours after it captured it, a monitoring group said on Friday.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the civilians were taken on Thursday in the town of Al-Qaryatain, which Isil jihadists had captured late Wednesday.
"Daesh kidnapped at least 230 people, including at least 60 Christians, during a sweep through Al-Qaryatain," Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said, using another name for Isil.
Many of the Christians had fled from Aleppo province, in Syria's north, to seek refuge in Al-Qaryatain.
He said those abducted were wanted by Isil for "collaborating with the regime," and their names were on a list used by the jihadists as they swept through the town.
Families who tried to flee or hide were tracked down and taken by the jihadists, he said.
Al-Qaryatain lies at the crossroads between Isil territory in the eastern countryside of Homs and areas further west in the Qalamun area.
It had a pre-war population of 18,000, including Sunni Muslims and around 2,000 Syriac Catholics and Orthodox Christians.
According to a Syrian Christian who lives in Damascus but is originally from Al-Qaryatain, the town's Christian population has dropped to only 300.
In May, masked men abducted Syrian priest Jacques Mourad from the Syriac Catholic Mar Elian monastery in Al-Qaryatain, near the IS-captured ancient city of Palmyra.
Mourad, who was known to help both Christians and Muslims, was preparing aid for an influx of refugees from Palmyra.

Source: +TheTelegraph 

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