15 Christian children kidnapped in Syria
15 Syrian Christian children were reportedly kidnapped in the city of Qamishli. It is believed that their abductors took the children for the purpose of military training and unspecified indoctrination.
International Christian Concern reported that on Monday, a car bomb targeted the city’s local Asayish station. The Asayish is the name of the Kurdish intelligence and injuries were reported by the attack. As a result, tensions are high in Qamishli.
15 Syrian Christian children were kidnapped in the attack. It is believed that their abductors took the children for the purpose of military training and unspecified indoctrination.
Some Assyrian news are reporting that the abductors belong to the Syriac Union Party, who is predominately Christian and maintains close ties to the Kurdish authorities.
The situation speaks to the fracturing of society that eight years of civil war has wrought in Syria. Christians have often experienced kidnappings in Syria, usually at the hands of ISIS. With the militants’ now territorially defeated, there is more confusion about who is propelling violence in Syria. The conflict has forced people—including Christians—into different camps of opinion. Discerning responsibility for specific acts of violence is thus increasingly challenging.