19 of the Christians abducted by Islamic state from the northeast of Syria on 23 February have been released, the BBC is reporting. Other sources are putting the number of released Christians at 21.
The Assyrian Human Rights Network said the captives were freed after a Sharia court ordered them to pay an unspecified amount of money, a tax on non-Muslims known as jizya.
The BBC has received reports that those freed include 16 men and three women, and that they are all over 50.
Source: BBC; Assyrian Human Rights Network; Syrian Observatory for Human Rights
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