Christians 'abandoned to terrorists' in Syria, archbishop

'Dozens of hostages taken', 100 families without aid

24 February, 15:39

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, FEBRUARY 24 - Christians in Syria feel they have been ''abandoned'' to terrorists, the Vatican Catholic new agency FIDES quoted Monsignor Jacques Behnan Hindo, Catholic archbishop of Hasaka-Nisibi, as saying on Tuesday. He noted that US fighter planes had flown over the area in recent days but that they had not intervened despite the fact that some 100 Assyrian families have sought refuge in Hasaka without receiving aid from either the Red Crescent or Syrian government aid agencies.

    Monsignor Hindo added that the UNHCR was also not providing aid to the people and that many Christians had been taken hostage by jihadists and that some village churches had been burnt. He noted that the Tel Tamar village had been attacked first, followed by Tel Shamiran and other small villages all the way to Tel Hermuz, which was burnt to the ground. He claimed that dozens of hostages had been taken in both Tel Hormuz and Tel Shamiran, with the possible intention of using them for ransom or a prisoner exchange. (ANSAmed).

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