Sources inside Mosul, controlled by the self-proclaimed “Islamic State,” have confirmed that during the third week of December, IS militants transported nearly 150 blindfolded people and detained them inside the city’s St. George Monastery. 

According to the sources, identified by as “a number of people from nearby houses to the monastery,” the detainees were opponents to the Islamic State and former security forces who had been arrested and detained in Badush prison before it was destroyed. Reportedly the detainees were transferred to several different churches and monasteries in Mosul.

A current photograph of the late 17th century monastery obtained by documented previous reports that IS had removed the cross that was atop the dome of the monastery.