After stating their names and where they were from, three Assyrian Christians wearing orange jumpsuits were shot in the back of the head as they knelt in the desert sand.
The next scene of a video released by the self-proclaimed Islamic State (ISIS) on Oct. 7 shows three additional Assyrian brothers in Christ kneeling before the bodies lying in the bloody sand. As the masked ISIS fighters stand behind them with pistols in their right hands, the men share their names and the middle one, pointing at the bodies, declares “Our fate is the same as these if you do not take proper procedure for our release.”
Before stating their name, each hostage said “I am Nasrani,” a derogatory Muslim term for Christians.
The execution of the three men, Dr. Abdulmasih Enwiya, Basam Michael and Ashur Abraham, took place Sept. 23 – a day Muslims celebrate the “Festival of the Sacrifice.”
The Assyrian Christians were among the 253 villagers who were abducted seven months ago in northeastern Syria’s Hasaka province, where ISIS militants attacked 35 Assyrian villages along the Khabur River.
Of those originally abducted, ISIS released 48 elderly and child hostages. ISIS is demanding $50,000 for each of the nearly 200 remaining hostages.
Sources: VOM Sources, Assyrian International News Agency
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Posted: October 13, 2015