The Syrian Democratic Forces, affiliated with Kurdish fighters announced that they saved seven Christian families, among them two Armenian families, from the Islamic State in the besieged northeastern province in Syria,.
“Our forces have saved two Armenian families today,” said Mustafa Bali, Director of the Information Office of the SDF about the operation that saved the families from the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, ISIL or Daesh.
One of the rescued woman is reported to have said, “ISIS forced us to wear the headscarf and allowed us to reveal our faces to distinguish us from Muslims. We had to hide our faces to avoid insults.” “We were forced to pay tribute by hand and we were humiliated and insulted, what a homeland that makes you pay an additional tax because you are different,” another woman told media. “Today is a new birth for us,” they added.
A small number of Christians lives in Raqqa city, however the majority of them fled when ISIS took over the city and moved to the Kurdish-held Hasakah province.