Kino and his organization attempted to reach villagers by phone, only to have a member of ISIS pick up. "[ISIS] told us that we should not call any longer since we cannot do anything about their situation," ADFA said in a statement.
The terrorist organization demanded a prisoner exchange with Kurdish fighters; they are seeking the release of ISIS members in exchange for the villagers. The exact number of prisoners ISIS is looking to swap for is not known. They have threatened the lives of the village men, estimated to be more than 100, if the swap does not go through.
It is unclear how many ISIS fighters took part in the attack on the village. Kino said witnesses described the force as "massive" and the atmosphere as "a panic." The villagers are predominantly Christian and jihadist tracking social media accounts indicate the terrorist group burned down a church during the attack. Last week, ISIS fighters in Libya targeted Christians, executing 21 Egyptian Coptics.
The attack occured at 5 a.m. local time. Since then, Syrian fighters and Kurdish forces have attempted to liberate the town. Kino believes the official Syrian army is also offering assistance.
"It's panicking, but there are a couple of aid administrations who are trying to make their way there to help them as well," he explained.