Islamic State militants have kidnapped dozens of people from Christian villages in Syria, a human rights watchdog has said, according to a Sky news report.
The militants stormed at least two villages inhabited by ancient Assyrian Christians, taking some 90 civilians captive, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Nuri Kino, the head of the activist group A Demand For Action, quoted villagers who fled the attacks as saying between 70 and 100 people are being held.
A number of children are understood to be among those taken captive.
The raids took place outside the town of Tel Hmar in Hasaka province, a region divided between IS and Kurdish control.
They follow heavy fighting in the area close to the Turkish and Iraqi border.
Syria’s SANA state news agency said IS overran seven villages on Monday, forcing hundreds to flee.
Kurdish troops have proved to be effective in the fight against IS, which seized large swathes of Syria and Iraq last year.
They have been backed by US-led airstrikes, which in the last few days have targeted militants in Hasaka.