(AINA) -- ISIS today released 37 Assyrians that it captured on February 23 when it attacked the 35 Assyrian villages on the Khabur river in the Hasaka province. ISIS captured 253 in the initial attack and drove 3,000 Assyrians from their villages. Most have not returned.
The 37 Assyrians who were released, 27 women, are all elderly; most were from the villages of Tel Shamiran and Tel Jazira. They arrived safely in the town of Tel Tamar.
ISIS executed three of the hostages on September 23 (AINA 2015-10-08). The number of Assyrians from Khabur still being held is now 165. ISIS is also holding 185 Assyrians it captured in Qaryatain.
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ISIS has released Assyrians from Khabur on the following dates:
- November 7: 37 released
- August 11: 22 released
- June 16: Francois Sawa released
- May 26: two elderly women released, Ramziyya Rehana (80) from Tel Jazira and Yoniyya Kanoon (70) from Tel Shamiran
- March 3: Two Assyrians from Tel Shamiram were released, Yatroun Marko and his wife Wardiyya Yonan. Two Assyrians from Tel Goran were released, 6 year-old Mariana Mirza and her father's aunt, Bobo Mirza.
- March 1: 19 Assyrians Released, all from the village of Tel Goran
Here are the names of the 37 hostages who were released:
|Anyar Shmoel Abdal||Qaber Shamiya||1942|
|Maryam Jerjees Joseph||Tel Faytha||1940|
|Abres Abdelahad Darmo||Tel Jazira||1948|
|Sadeq Aweqam Ishmael||Tel Jazira||1941|
|Royel Dinkha Mirza||Tel Jazira||1937|
|Malek Sadeq Ishmael||Tel Jazira||1948|
|Shidrakh David Khoshaba||Tel Jazira||1942|
|Nineveh William Royel||Tel Jazira||1959|
|Rosweena Elisha Elisha||Tel Jazira||1961|
|Khanem Elisha Elisha||Tel Jazira||1958|
|Khosheebo Sarhad Gewargis||Tel Jazira||1950|
|Ludiya Hormiz Eshaq||Tel Jazira||1955|
|Samera Yaow Mako||Tel Jazira||1960|
|Amal Kako David||Tel Jazira||1965|
|Zabet Solaqa Khiyou||Tel Jazira||1960|
|Salwa Wilson Royel||Tel Jazira||1966|
|Fareeda Esho Kako||Tel Jazira||1960|
|Enwiya Badal Joseph||Tel Shamiran||1941|
|David Jacob Koriya||Tel Shamiran||1939|
|Nimrud Jacob Koriya||Tel Shamiran||1935|
|Korish Elija Talya||Tel Shamiran||1938|
|Esho Enwiya Eshaq||Tel Shamiran||1950|
|Georget Jacob Malkey||Tel Shamiran||1952|
|Surma Enwiya Eshaq||Tel Shamiran||1945|
|Samera Hormiz Eshaq||Tel Shamiran||1957|
|Febronya Lazar Samou||Tel Shamiran||1945|
|Maqdonya Antraneek||Tel Shamiran||1952|
|Zomo Sulaiman Sawa||Tel Shamiran||1952|
|Wardiya Joseph Zomaya||Tel Shamiran||1950|
|Pana Yoshiya Lazar||Tel Shamiran||1961|
|Alice Awetar Ishmael||Tel Shamiran||1954|
|Teresa Odisho Odisho||Tel Shamiran||1962|
|Alice Adam Adam||Tel Shamiran||1953|
|Samera Nikola Shmony||Tel Shamiran||1952|
|Maryam Manasha Esho||Tel Shamiran||1962|
|Youniya Talya Talya||Tel Shamiran||1960|
|Lulu Zaya Odisho||Tel Shamiran||1965|
Negotiations to release the captives have been ongoing between the Assyrian Church of the East and ISIS, who have demanded $100,000 for each hostage. According to observers, negotiations are ongoing for the release of the remaining hostages.
Some information for this report was obtained from AssyriaTV.
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