We have just learned that ISIS has taken 300 workers hostage near the city of Damascus, Syria!
From The New York Times:
Syrian state TV says Islamic State militants have kidnapped 300 cement workers and contractors in an area northeast of the capital, Damascus.
The TV says the workers from the al-Badia Cement Company were abducted on Thursday from Dumeir, an area where militants launched a surprise attack against government forces earlier this week.
State-run news agency SANA quoted a source in the company as saying that there has been no success in efforts to establish contact with any of the workers.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the Syria conflict, said earlier in the day that contact was lost with dozens of workers in Dumeir.
Last year, ISIS kidnapped more than 20 medical workers in Libya, continuing a tradition of kidnapping civilians.
ISIS kidnapped about 20 medical workers with the Ibn Sina Hospital in Sirte, Libya, on Monday during an attack on the facility, according to a hospital official.
A group of more than 30 gunmen from the Islamic State attacked the hospital while a bus was waiting to take the workers, who are not Libyan, to the capital of Tripoli.
Most of the abductees are from the Philippines. Others are from Ukraine, India and Serbia, said the hospital official. The official believes the ISIS gunmen didn’t want the staff to leave the city because they are the only medical team there if they needed them for the group’s wounded and injured.
Sirte lies halfway between Tripoli and Benghazi. The city was the final major stronghold of Moammar Gadhafi loyalists in the Libyan civil war. Gadhafi was killed there
ISIS took control of the city late last year, including the hospital. The group claimed responsibility for the slaughter of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in the country about two months ago.
The hospital staff members who were kidnapped were trying to leave the city because of the security situation and the control of ISIS over the city, the official said.
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