By Theodore Shoebat
Donald Trump recently said, “We have no time for tone when Christians are getting their heads chopped off”. And how is this statement! 160 Christians just got kidnapped by ISIS. I did a whole video on this:
According to the report:
Up to 160 Christians are believed to have been kidnapped from a town in Syria and are being held in an unknown location.
The kidnapping was part of a larger operation when the Islamic State captured the town of Al Qaryatayn near Homs on Thursday. In total, some 230 persons were abducted.
“We do not know what ‘Islamic State’ intends to do with the hostages,” Father Jihad Youssef, a member of a Syrian-Catholic religious order, told the Catholic pastoral charity Aid to the Church in Need on Sunday. “Does ISIS intend to negotiate and let the people go free, or does it intend to kill them? We don’t know. Normally they give Christians three options. Either they pay the Jizya, the capitation tax, or they convert to Islam, or they must leave the place. The latter option was evidently not offered, or the Christians would have left.”
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Syria-based activist Bebars al-Talawy said they have no information where militants took their captives after overrunning the heavily populated town, Catholic News Service reported. A commentator for the UK-based Observatory said those abducted were wanted by ISIS for “collaborating with the regime,” and their names were on a list already prepared by the militants as they occupied the town. This has serious implications for those people and their lives could be in danger, warned the Christian rights group Middle East Concern.
Middle East Concern said it believes these developments suggest that Islamic State is again starting to target local Christians in Syria, CNS reported.
Father Youssef approximated that 160 Christians were kidnapped because that is how many Christians had remained in Al Qaryatayn. “But we do not know if all of the remaining Christians were taken as hostages by ISIS, or if some went into hiding,” he said. “At the end of the week, some 30 Christians succeeded in fleeing from the town. Some are shepherds and they know the region. They fled to Homs.”
If you think that this is bad, the violence and brutality is only going to grow more and more severe. This is why we must help save our brethren from persecution.