(AINA) -- ISIS today released 10 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 hostages, five men and five women, are in good health. They arrived in Tel Tamer in the afternoon and were met by their family members and the Assyrian community. Their names are:
- Timotheous Awetar Ishmael -- Tel Jazeera
- Awiya Youkhana Hormiz -- Qabr Shamiya
- Adoniya Emanuel Youkhana - Tel Jazeera
- Awiya Ishmael Youkhana - Tel Jazeera
- Ampolia Talya Talya -- Tel Shamiram
- Laya Ibrahim Mirza -- Tel Jazeera
- Sheren Abdulahad Darmo -- Tel Jazeera
- Hana Ibrahim Elias Yousef -- Tel Jazeera
- Dewaniya Benyamin Rehana -- Tel Faitha
- Shawel Elisha Elisha -- Tel Jazeera
ISIS executed three of the hostages on September 23 (AINA 2015-10-08). The number of Assyrians from Khabur still being held is now 155. ISIS is also holding 185 Assyrians it captured in Qaryatain.
ISIS has released Assyrians from Khabur on the following dates:
- November 24: 10 released
- 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