The extremist terrorist gang, Islamic State, has kidnapped about 230 persons in Syria. It is feared that there are many Christians included in the abducted. The people were abducted in early August when the extremist group’s militants captured a central Syrian town. Even though the exact number of abducted Christian is unclear, Syria-based activist Bebars al-Talawy claims it is 60. Many of the Christians had previously fled from Aleppo province to Qaryatain.
The abducted were wanted by Islamic State for “collaborating with the regime. Their names were in the list by the militants as they occupied the town, one commentator reported. This implies that the abducted are in real danger.
Middle East Concern said that these developments hints that Islamic State is again starting to target local Christians in Syria. In May, Syrian Father Jacques Mourad was kidnapped from the Syriac Catholic Mar Elian monastery in Qaryatain. Father Mourad, who helped both Christians and Muslims, was preparing aid for an influx of refugees from Palmyra when he was abducted, and his whereabouts remain unknown..