230 Syrian Christians have been held hostage by ISIS since February. They might be closer to their freedom, or they may not be.
“The Islamic State terror group claims it will be executing 180 Assyrian Christians who were kidnapped in mass raids in February, after negotiators failed to meet the jihadists’ high asking price to free the hostages,” the Christian Post reported.
ISIS threatened to execute the hostages if the ransom of $12 million dollars wasn’t received. Apparently, the terror group first demanded $23 million, but lowered the price which was impossible for the Syrian community.
According to Christian Post, “The negotiations, led by Bishop Ephrem Otnaial, head of the Church of the East in Syria, have been suspended due to the unbearable demands of the terror group,” shared the director of the Assyrian Human Rights Network, Osama Edward.
Syrian Catholic Archbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo said, “Therefore, now, the biggest obstacle regarding the release of our Assyrian brothers is no longer money, but the difficulty of how to organize the phase of liberation.”
The terror group has been consistently mass kidnapping, torturing and killing Syrian Christians including children.
Pray for the release of these hostages.