Number of Christians held by Isil rises to 220

February 27, 2015 2:31 AM

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Number of Christians held by Isil rises to 220

The number of Christians abducted by the Isil group in northeastern Syria has risen to 220 in the past three days, as militants round up more hostages from a chain of villages along a strategic river, activists said yesterday.

In Iraq, Isil released a video purportedly showing militants using sledgehammers to smash ancient artefacts in Iraq's northern city of Mosul, describing the relics as idols that must be removed.

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