The newspaper cited a source close to the talks with extremists, saying that the Islamic State demanded that the international coalition stops bombing the towns of Tal Tamer and Jabal Abd Al Aziz in exchange for the captives’ release.
Elders of the two Arab communities are mediating the talks on hostage release, Al-Akhbar said.
The Islamic State militants reportedly seized several Assyrian Christian villages in northeastern Syria on Monday. The Islamists demolished churches and abducted at least 90 civilians, including priests, women and children. Over the next several days, the Islamic State seized even more hostages, with their estimated number varying between 200 and 350 people. Syrian Observatory for Human rights put this number at 220 people.
The Islamic State is a Sunni extremist group which started gaining quick advances in Syria and Iraq in 2014. The group is known for its brutal tactics and execution of hostages captured in offenses.
In February, the Islamic State posted a video featuring execution of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya.