By Theodore Shoebat
ISIS terrorists kidnapped 235 Christians from the area of al-Qaryatain in Iraq. A group of brave Christians and Muslims came and rescued many of the Christians, hiding them in a nearby farm. Once ISIS found out, they slaughtered all of the Christians and Muslims involved. According to one report:
Islamic State militants have reportedly murdered Muslims who helped Christians escape the wrath of the brutal terror group in the besieged Syrian town of al-Qaryatain.
It was widely reported after IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) conquered the town of al-Qaryatain last August, the group kidnapped as many as many as 230 Assyrian Christian hostages and forced them to sign contracts that required them to submit to IS’ laws or be killed. Now that the town was liberated by Russian-backed Syrian forces earlier this month, local sources have been able to detail the plight of Christians and their quests to escape from the town under IS’ rule.
ccording to sources who spoke with Fides news agency, many of the Christians who were kidnapped by IS in the town were freed on or around Oct. 10, 2015. It was in October that Christians, aided by Muslim friends, began to flee the city.
Sources said Christians would leave in small groups and travel toward the Syrian town of Homs, where there were villages that were controlled by the Syrian army.
The report states that Christian girls were the first to flee al-Qaryatain because it was believed that IS leaders wanted to force them to be their wives and sex slaves.
After militants realized that some of the Christians had escaped, the jihadi group abducted 10 Christian men and subjected them to torture and threatened to kill them if they did not convert to Islam.
But Christian families continued to flee and Fides reports that the families used a specific farm located in an area that was neither controlled by IS or the Syrian regime as a “logistic base.”
“On that farm, five Christians and six Muslims were helping Christian families who arrived on foot to escape by organizing their journey to Homs and agreeing to keep the goods that the fugitives could not take with them,” the report explains.
The farm, however, came under attack one day by a non-IS militant organization and the five Christians and six Muslims who helped others to escape were killed and the assets left behind at the farm were taken.