The ISIL Takfiri militants in Syria have kidnapped 56 Christians of the Assyrian minority in the northeastern province of Hasakah, sources say.
The abductions took place on Monday in the town of Tal Shamiram in the countryside of the city of Hasakah, Xinhua reported citing the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The extremists also held captive tens of other Assyrians in the town of Tal Hurmos, adjacent to Tal Shamiram, according to the Britain-based group.
The ISIL militants, with members from several Western countries, control parts of Syria and Iraq, and have been carrying out horrific acts of violence such as public decapitations and crucifixions against all communities.
The Monday abductions came amid heavy clashes between Kurdish fighters and ISIL militants over the control of several villages in Hasakah.
Media reports said that the terror group has executed two people for “dealing with Kurds” in the village of Ghibsh located after the town of Tal Tamer in the province.
The terrorists kidnapped 23 individuals in the Iraqi city of Shirqat, located some 300 kilometers (190 miles) north of the capital Baghdad, on Sunday.
A day earlier, the ISIL members burned to death 50 civilians in the town of Hit, located about 140 kilometers (85 miles) west of Baghdad.
Syria has been grappling with a deadly crisis since March 2011.