ISIS jihadists have kidnapped 220 Assyrian Christians from villages in Syria, says watchdog – far more than was previously feared

The number of Assyrian Christians abducted by the Islamic State in Syria has risen to 220 – far more than was previously feared, according to activists.

Militants are said to have rounded up more hostages from a chain of villages along a strategic river in the past three days.

After the first abductions on Monday, it was reported that 150 Assyrian Christians were seized after ISIS took control of two communities from Kurdish forces in the northeast province of Hassakeh.