Activists say Islamic State militants have released 37 Syrian Christians, mostly women, who were among more than 200 people from the Assyrian minority group abducted in February.

The Assyrian Human Rights Network said in a statement on Facebook on Saturday that negotiations continue for the release of another 124 who remain in captivity. The group posted pictures of the former captives arriving in the predominantly ethnic Assyrian village of Tal Tamr in the northeastern Hassakeh province.

Edmond Gabriel, chairman of the Assyrian Charitable Association in Hassakeh province, said 27 of the released are women. He says another group of captives is expected to be released Monday.

The Islamic State group shot and killed three Assyrians in October but has previously released others through negotiations.