The Islamic State militant group has abducted 230 civilians, including at least 60 Christians, after seizing a strategically located town in the central Syrian province of Homs.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a London-based monitoring group, said the civilians were taken on August 6 in the town of Al-Qaryatain, which IS militants captured late August 5.
Many of the Christians had fled from Aleppo, in Syria's north, to seek refuge in Al-Qaryatain.
Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said those abducted were wanted by IS for "collaborating with the regime."
Al-Qaryatain had a pre-war population of 18,000, including Sunni Muslims and around 2,000 Syriac Catholics and Orthodox Christians.
But the town's Christian population has dropped to only several hundred.
Based on reporting by AFP and Reuters