16:44 24 February 2015
Islamic State militants have stormed at least two villages outside the town of Tel Hmar in Hasaka province and kidnapped 90 Assyrian Christian including a number of children, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has confirmed.
Nuri Kino, the head of activist group A Demand For Action, was quoted as saying between 70 and 100 people are being held.
Meanwhile, Syria’s SANA state news agency said that IS overran seven villages on Monday forcing hundreds of people to flee.
US-led airstrikes and Kurdish troops are proving to be effective in fighting IS in Hasaka, it has been claimed.
The kidnappings came just after a week IS has published a video purporting to show the beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians in Libya.