UPDATE: Daesh releases 19 Assyrians in Syria

Published March 1st, 2015 - 06:57 GMT

Daesh (ISIS) released 19 Assyrian Christians on Sunday after its court exonerated the captives, a monitoring group told Reuters. AFP reported a ransom was paid for their release, a fee that Daesh considers tax for non-Muslims. 

The extremist group is still holding more than 200 Christians captive, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The Assyrian Network for Human Rights didn't tell AFP how much was paid for releasing the hostages but said in November, Daesh accepted $1,700 per person for Assyrians. 

Daesh abducted the Syrians during an advance of over a dozen villages in the northeastern part of the country last month, Reuters reported.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 17 of those released were men and two of them women. 

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