ISIS post pictures of ‘Christian women kidnapped in Syria threatening that they will become sex slaves if ransom is not paid’
Hostage: One woman stands over her young daughter holding a sign which reads Susan Elias along with the date July 27, 2015
- The women are holding signs on which their names and a date is written
- They could be among over 220 Assyrians that ISIS kidnapped in February
- It is feared they will be sold to ISIS fighters if a ransom is not paid for them
- Christian, Jewish captives previously enjoyed ‘limited protection’ from ISIS
- It now reportedly claims that abusing anyone who is not Muslim is allowed
Disturbing images which have appeared online could be of three Assyrian Christian women ISIS abducted in February.
In three ‘leaked’ images shared on social media, the women hold pieces of paper on which their names and a date – July 27, 2015 – are written.
It is feared this means they will be sold to ISIS fighters if their families or charities do not pay ransom for their release, although no figure appears on the signs they hold.
On Tuesday, ISIS released 22 of more than 220 Christians they snatched from several Assyrian farming communities it raided in Iraq’s north-eastern Hassakeh province, Syria, earlier this year.
The Assyrian Federation of Sweden has told MailOnline the women’s surnames resemble those of families who lived in the region, although they cannot completely verify they are Christians.
Prisoner: A second suspected Christian hostage (pictured) holds up another sign which suggests her name is Hannaa Assaf Youssef
Captive: A third woman, whose names the Assyrian Federation of Sweden could not accurately make out, is surrounded by her three children