US-led strikes pound ISIS in Syria near the area where 150 Christians were abducted

Issuing a strong condemnation of abduction of over 150 Christians in Syria, the United States has said the targeting of a religious minority by the extremists is further testament to its 'brutal and inhumane' disposition.

By Supriya Jha | Last Updated: Feb 25, 2015, 14:25 PM IST
US-led strikes pound ISIS in Syria near the area where 150 Christians were abducted

Washington: Issuing a strong condemnation of abduction of over 150 Christians in Syria, the United States has said the targeting of a religious minority by the extremists is further testament to its 'brutal and inhumane' disposition.

The US embassy in Syria also said that sir strikes were conducted near the village of al Hasakeh, from where the Assyrian Christians were kidnapped.

Slamming the ISIS for having kidnapped over a hundred innocents from northeast Syrian province of Hasakeh, the US has called for immediate and unconditional release of not only those “civilians taken captive yesterday” but “of all those held by ISIL”.

“ISIL’s latest targeting of a religious minority is only further testament to its brutal and inhumane treatment of all those who disagree with its divisive goals and toxic beliefs. ISIL continues to exact its evil upon innocents of all faiths, and the majority of its victims have been Muslims,” US State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said in a statement.

The US highlighted how the Islamic State continued to target religious minorities and had “burned and destroyed homes and churches, and the violence has reportedly displaced more than 3,000 people”.

“People of all faiths and many religious leaders throughout the region have united in condemning ISIL’s depravity, including its mass killings, rape, sexual enslavement, lashing, stoning, crucifixion, torture, and public murders of hostages,” the statement added.

The US remarks came in wake of reports of 150 people including women, children and elderly being kidnapped from Assyrian Christian villages in northeastern Syria.

Meanwhile, the US-led anti ISIS coalition continued striking the extremists in Syria, ,with ten strikes conducted yesterday in the region from where people were abducted.