Fighters of the Islamic State have reportedly captured dozens of Christian families after seizing a strategically located town in the central Syrian province of Homs.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 230 people were kidnapped or detained, including dozens of Christians, some of whom were taken from a church in Qaryatain, the town captured overnight after heavy fighting with the Syrian army.

According to the head of the Observatory, Rami Abdulrahman, said the the Christians were "either kidnapped from checkpoints or raids or from churches."

The monitor that tracks the war's violence through an extensive network of sources on the ground revealed that among those seized were 45 women and 19 children, including 11 families, some of whom were on a militants' wanted list.

There were also hundreds of residents, Muslims and Christians, whose families have lost touch with them since the militants captured the area, according to Abdulrahman.

Lets continue to pray for them that God should keep watch over them and deliver them from all evil