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Fate of abducted Christians unclear as fierce fighting continues in northeastern Syria

  • In this image posted on a militant social media account by the Al-Baraka division of the Islamic State group on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, a militant fighter aims a sniper rifle during during fighting in Tal Tamr, Hassakeh province, Syria. Fierce fighting between Kurdish and Christian militiamen and Islamic State militants is continuing on Wednesday, Feb. 25 in northeastern Syria where the extremist group recently abducted at least 70 Christians. (AP Photo via militant social media account)

    In this image posted on a militant social media account by the Al-Baraka division of the Islamic State group on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, a militant fighter aims a sniper rifle during during fighting in Tal Tamr, Hassakeh province, Syria. Fierce fighting between Kurdish and Christian militiamen and Islamic State militants is continuing on Wednesday, Feb. 25 in northeastern Syria where the extremist group recently abducted at least 70 Christians. (AP Photo via militant social media account)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this image posted on a militant social media account by the Al-Baraka division of the Islamic State group on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, militants take a break during fighting in Tal Tamr, Hassakeh province, Syria. Fierce fighting between Kurdish and Christian militiamen and Islamic State militants is continuing on Wednesday, Feb. 25 in northeastern Syria where the extremist group recently abducted at least 70 Christians. (AP Photo via militant social media account)

    In this image posted on a militant social media account by the Al-Baraka division of the Islamic State group on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, militants take a break during fighting in Tal Tamr, Hassakeh province, Syria. Fierce fighting between Kurdish and Christian militiamen and Islamic State militants is continuing on Wednesday, Feb. 25 in northeastern Syria where the extremist group recently abducted at least 70 Christians. (AP Photo via militant social media account)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this image posted on a militant social media account by the Al-Baraka division of the Islamic State group on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, a fighter fires a heavy weapon mounted on the back of a pickup truck during fighting in Tal Tamr, Hassakeh province, Syria. Fierce fighting between Kurdish and Christian militiamen and Islamic State militants is continuing on Wednesday, Feb. 25 in northeastern Syria where the extremist group recently abducted at least 70 Christians. (AP Photo via militant social media account)

    In this image posted on a militant social media account by the Al-Baraka division of the Islamic State group on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, a fighter fires a heavy weapon mounted on the back of a pickup truck during fighting in Tal Tamr, Hassakeh province, Syria. Fierce fighting between Kurdish and Christian militiamen and Islamic State militants is continuing on Wednesday, Feb. 25 in northeastern Syria where the extremist group recently abducted at least 70 Christians. (AP Photo via militant social media account)  (The Associated Press)

Fierce fighting between Kurdish and Christian militiamen and Islamic State militants is continuing in northeastern Syria where the extremist group recently abducted at least 70 Christians.

Hassakeh province which borders Turkey and Iraq is the latest stage for the fight against IS. The group overran a cluster of villages nestled along the Khabur River on Monday, seizing dozens of Christians, many of them women and children.

Thousands of others fled to safer areas.

The fate of those kidnapped was still unclear Wednesday, two days after they were seized.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and a Christian group called the Syriac Military Council said heavy clashes against IS militants in the area are continuing.