Written by the Middle East Correspondent for Morning Star News.
The terrorist group Islamic State (IS) late last month killed three Assyrian Christians, presumably in Syria, according to an execution video released Wednesday (Oct. 7).
In the video, the group threatened to kill some 200 other Christians in Syria unless it receives a ransom of $50,000 each for their release.
In the video, three men dressed in orange jumpers are shown kneeling in the sand. The men then give their names and the town they came from. Seconds later, three men in desert uniform each raise a handgun behind the head of each Christian and fire their weapons. The Christians’ lifeless bodies then fall forward, face down.
The Christians identified themselves as Ashur Abraham of Tel Tamar village, Basam Essa Michael of Tel Shamiram village and Dr. Abdulmasih Enwiya of Jazira village.
After the shooting, three other Christians are shown kneeling in the sand behind the bodies of the just executed men. As with the video’s first segment, the men are made to recite their names. In an apparently scripted moment, one of the Christians then points to the bodies on the ground and says, “Our fate is the same as these if you do not take proper procedure for our release.”
The three men who were killed and the three that remained were part of a group of at least 250 Assyrians who were abducted by IS in February, when the group pushed though the Khabur River Valley in Hassakah Province and attacked dozens of Assyrian villages.