(AINA) — ISIS launched a second series of attacks on Assyrian villages on the Khabur river in Hasaka, Syria. In Iraq ISIS destroyed a third Assyrian archaeological site, the city of Khorsabad, more than 2700 years old. This comes on the heels of ISIS destroying the city of Nimrud, the Museum of Mosul, and the walls of the city of Nineveh.
In Syria, ISIS is still holding over 300 Assyrians who were captured in the first attacks on the Assyrian villages, which occurred on February 23.
Assyrians held demonstrations in cities around the world over the weekend to call attention to the desperate situation of the Assyrians in Syria and Iraq.
Demonstrations were held in the following cities:
- Augsburg, Germany
- Bellinzona, Switzerland
- Enschede, Holland
- Gutersloh, Germany
- Los Angeles, U.S.A
- Mainz, Germany
- Midyat, Turkey
- Moscow, Russia
- Tbilisi, Georgia
On February 23 ISIS attacked the Assyrian villages of Tel Goran, Tel Hurmiz, Tel Tamar, Tel Baloaa Tel Shamiran, Tel Riman, Tel Nasra, Tel Khareta, Tel Jazira, Tel Fweidat, Qaber Shamiyeh and Abu Tena.
Nine Assyrian fighters died defending their villages in the initial attacks and there are reports that ISIS has executed at least 12 Assyrian fighters who were captured, two of them women.
The majority of the Assyrians were captured from Tel Shamiran, Tel Hurmiz, Tel Goran and Tel Jazira (AINA 2015-02-26).
See attacks on Assyrians in Syria for more information.
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