According to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, all but one of the hostages were among the at least 220 Assyrians captured on February 23 during an attack on villages in the northern Syrian province of al-Hasakah.
The Syrian Observatory had said previously that a self-proclaimed ISIS court ordered the release of 29 Assyrian Christian hostages, citing an Assyrian commander.
Samira Said reported from Abu Dhabi. Dana Ford reported and wrote from Atlanta. CNN’s Melissa Gray also contributed to this report.