Assyrian Christians and other ISIL hostages must be released

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The members of the UN Security Council have called for the "immediate and unconditional release" of all hostages in the hands of ISIL, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

In a statement released on Wednesday  they denounced the abduction of 100 Assyrian Christians by the terrorist group on 23 February in the North-East of Syria.

The Council also deplored the destruction and desecration of Christian and other religious sites.

Jocelyne Sambira reports.

Assyrian Christians are the latest minority group to be targeted by ISIL also known as Da'esh.

The Security Council said such crimes demonstrate once again the brutality of the group.

ISIL is responsible for the thousands of crimes and abuses against people from all faiths, ethnicities and nationalities and without regard to any basic value of humanity.

The 15-member Council strongly condemned all acts of violence against civilians including those committed on the basis of their ethnicity, religion or belief.

It added that those responsible must be held accountable for what it described as "heinous acts".

Al-Qaida-linked groups and entities such as Al-Nusra Front were also called on to release all hostages they have seized.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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