The Islamic State has reportedly massacred nearly 300 people in a day-long attack on the Syrian town of Deir el-Zour.
The Christian Post reports that most of the nearly 300 people shot or beheaded by the Islamic State were women, children, and the elderly.
Government-run news agency SANA reported that the Islamic State attack on Deir el-Zour and subsequent violence was one of the worst the terror group has yet carried out.
There are also reports of kidnappings in the region, although the numbers vary. Some say as many as 400 people have been kidnapped by the Islamic State while others put the number at 20.
There is also conflicting reports on the number of people killed in the recent massacre. Some put the number at 300, while others say the number of victims was closer to 135.
Regardless of the exact loss of life, the conflict in Syria remains severe. Humanitarian organizations are unable to get into the region to provide aid, and people are reportedly resorting to eating dogs, cats, and grass.
"People were living there without basic supplies. Now the situation is even more dire," International Committee of the Red Cross spokesman Pawel Krzysiek said of Madaya, one Syria’s besieged towns.
"The winter obviously makes things worse, with people desperately trying to get what they can to power their stoves — including burning plastic, which results in respiratory problems," he added.
Publication date: January 18, 2016