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ISIL Threatens to Execute 180 Assyrian Christians

© AFP 2021 / GEORGE OURFALIANA general view shows destruction in the Hamidiyeh neighbourhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo as local popular committee fighters, who support the Syrian government forces, try to defend the traditionally Christian district on the third day of intense battles with Islamic State group jihadists on April 9, 2015
A general view shows destruction in the Hamidiyeh neighbourhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo as local popular committee fighters, who support the Syrian government forces, try to defend the traditionally Christian district on the third day of intense battles with Islamic State group jihadists on April 9, 2015 - Sputnik International
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Members of the ISIL terrorist group threatened to execute 180 Assyrian Christians abducted in Syria in late February, Russian media reported on Saturday.

“They demand a ransom of 12 million dollars for the lives of our men,” a representative of the Assyrian community told RIA Novosti news agency.

In this file photo, Islamic State group militants hold up their flag as they patrol in a commandeered Iraqi military vehicle in Fallujah, 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Baghdad, Iraq - Sputnik International
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On Thursday several Arabic-language TV channels showed an ISIL-released video showing three Assyrian men dressed in orange jumpsuits before they were shot dead.

One of the men said ISIL would begin executing the other prisoners if the militants’ demands were not met.

The men were captured in February when ISIL overran a series of Assyrian settlements in northeastern Syria.

The Assyrian church leaders in Syria and Lebanon have appealed to the Assyrian diasporas abroad and representatives of international organizations to help save the lives of the Christian hostages.

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