Rouhani Condemns ISIL Beheading of Coptic Egyptians in Libya

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Iran
Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani strongly condemned on Tuesday the beheading of 21 Coptic Egyptians by the ISIL terrorists in Libya, describing the crime as savage, inhuman and against the rules of Islam.

A sum of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians, who had gone to Libya in search of work, were marched to a beach, forced to kneel and then beheaded on video, which was broadcast on Sunday via a website that supports the ISIL.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran resolutely condemns this inhuman and savage act," President Rouhani said, addressing a meeting of the Cultural Revolution Supreme Council in Tehran on Tuesday.

The Iranian president extended his condolences to the bereaved families of the victims of the tragic incident, and deplored the brutal killing of the Egyptian Coptic Christians as a savage, un-Islamic and inhuman act by ISIL.

The Iranian president voiced his regret over the recent criminal acts of the terrorists in the region, and said, "Unfortunately, these actions are done in the name of Islam and Muslims, while the terrorist and inhuman acts of these people are inconsistent with Islam."

President Rouhani said no vigilant conscience approves of these brutal measures and methods of the terrorists, specially considering that showing the videos of their crimes culminates hatred and violence even more.

"Those who initially supported these terrorists and funded them should apologize to the world nations and history for their (wrong) deeds, and those who most regretfully are still supporting these terrorists should give up their backing for the terrorists," he underscored.

On Monday, the Iranian foreign ministry strongly deplored the beheading of Egyptian Coptic Christians by ISIL.

"By hurting religious, ethnic and tribal sentiments, the perpetrators of such tragic acts are pursuing ominous goals which serve the interests of the Zionist regime through damaging the relationship among the followers of the great divine religions and destroying ties among the Muslim states," Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said in a statement.

She further underlined the necessity and vital importance of full vigilance at all levels against the plots and suspicious moves and the dangerous consequences of the growth of extremism and terrorism in the region.

Afkham also extended her condolences to the bereaved families of the victims and the Egyptian nation and government.

Earlier today, the Iranian legislature in a statement condemned the beheading of the Egyptians by the ISIL, but stressed that those states which have created and supported the terrorist group should account for its crimes as well.

The statement issued by the cleric members of the parliament, deplored the brutal killing of the Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya by the ISIL, and said, "Now, the US and western governments and the regional sheikhdoms (Persian Gulf Arab states) which have created and strengthened the killer group should account for such a genocide."

"We insist the international human rights organizations to launch investigation with regard to those governments which have played a role in the creation of these terrorists to take proper action against them," it added.

The statement underlined that the killing of three Muslim students in the US, Christian workers in Libya, Sunni Muslims in Iraq, Izadis in Erbil and Shiites in Pakistan and Yemen are all parts of a purposeful plot by the Zionist regime which has been hatched to stir a global religious war.

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