ISIS Egypt Launches Airstrikes Against Libya Jihadists

The air strikes in the early morning hit IS camps and stores of weapons, the military said, hours after the jihadists released the gruesome footage of the beheadings.

  • Published:
24/7 Live - Subscribe to the Pulse Newsletter!

Egypt has carried out air strikes against Islamic State group targets in Libya after the jihadists posted a video showing the decapitation of 21 Coptic Christians.

The air strikes in the early morning hit IS camps and stores of weapons, the military said, hours after the jihadists released the gruesome footage of the beheadings.

Witnesses said there were at least seven air strikes in Derna in the east, a hotbed of militancy since Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown in 2011.

It was not immediately clear whether other areas were also hit.

It was the first time Egypt announced military action against Islamist targets in its western neighbour, having previously denied it targeted militants there.

"Your armed forces on Monday carried out focused air strikes in Libya against Daesh camps, places of gathering and training, and weapons depots," the military said in a statement, using the Arabic acronym for IS.

State television showed footage of Egyptian fighter jets it said were taking off to conduct the strikes.

 

"Avenging Egyptian blood and retaliating against criminals and killers is a duty we must carry out," the military said.

The air strikes came hours after President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi threatened a "suitable response" to the killings of the Christians who had travelled to Libya seeking work.

Sisi, a former army chief who overthrew the Islamist president and then won elections touting his firm hand, faced a chorus of demands to retaliate after the beheadings.

Egyptian television repeatedly played the video without the beheadings, showing black-clad militants leading their captives in orange jumpsuits along a beach before forcing them to kneel down.

H/T - 9News.com.au

Recommended Articles

Recommended Videos





Top Articles

1 Corrupt Officers Customs officials dismissed for alleged corruptionbullet
2 Galamsey Queen Angry Aisha Huang denied bail againbullet
3 Secret Recording Immigration boss hot over Aisha Huang's leaked tapebullet
4 Illegal Mining Galamsey thrived under Mahama – Prof. Marteybullet
5 Mahamudu Bawumia Vice President's convoy involved in an accidentbullet
6 Newspaper review Today's Front Pages [May 22, 2017]bullet
7 Galamsey In Ghana Soldiers offering protection for illegal...bullet
8 Galamsey Russian, Ukrainian galamsey operators arrestedbullet
9 Bombing Manchester attack: Online reactionsbullet
10 Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo Ghana's president condemns...bullet

Top Videos

1 Watch Stop taking collection in churches -TB Joshua to Pastorsbullet
2 Video Edward Gyampana is the teenage design genius who needs your helpbullet
3 Meet "The Beast" President Obama's Cadillac that's more tank than carbullet
4 AMERI Power Plant AMERI lacks expertise in power projects – Philip...bullet
5 TRAGEDY Fire guts Coconut Grove Hotelbullet
6 In Zimbabwe President Mugabe’s 70 year-old aide marries his...bullet
7 Night Life Some taxi drivers and their night driving experiencesbullet
8 Woyome Judgement Debt Kweku Baako dances over Amidu's winbullet
9 Vitiligo Enam Honya - is challenging what you think...bullet
10 Video Metro Mass bus catches fire on Cape Coast-Kasoa...bullet

News