Draft press statement
The members of the Security Council strongly condemned the killing and abduction of more than one hundred Assyrians by ISIL on 23 February 2015 in the North-East of Syria as well as destruction and desecration of Christian religious sites. Such crimes once again demonstrate the brutality of ISIL which is responsible for thousands of crimes and abuses against people from all faiths, ethnicities and nationalities and without regard to any basic value of humanity.
The members of the Security Council strongly condemned all acts of violence against civilians including those committed on the basis of their ethnicity, religion or belief.
The members of the Security Council demanded the immediate and unconditional release of all those abducted by terrorist groups, and stressed that those responsible for such heinous acts must be held accountable.
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