Daesh (ISIS) releases video of beheading 21 kidnapped Egyptians

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Monday, 16 February 2015


A group of 21 Egyptian Christians, who were seized by ISIS fighters while working in Libya, have been killed in a new video.

ISIS (Daesh) also Known as ISIL released a video Sunday claiming to have killed 21 Egyptian Christians who were captured in Libya, Reuters reported.
The Egyptians were wearing orange jumpsuits, being forced to the ground by militants dressed in black, and beheaded on a beach. The five-minute video had a caption that read, "The people of the cross, followers of the hostile Egyptian church."
The video first appeared on the Twitter feed of a Daesh sympathizer's website, Reuters said. Daesh claimed to have captured the Egyptians in Sirte in January.
Before the killings, one of the militants stood with a knife in his hand and said: "Safety for you crusaders is something you can only wish for."
The 21 men, all migrant workers hailing from impoverished areas of central Egypt, were kidnapped between late December and early January. Fourteen came for the same village, Al-Our.
According to Reuters thousands of Egyptians have fled their home country since the uprising in 2011 in search of jobs in Libya, despite government warnings that Libya is one of the most dangerous countries in the region.
An eyewitness to the abductions of several of the men on January 4 told The Telegraph that black-clad militants had entered their living quarters in the middle of the night, carrying a list of named Christians. Relatives in adjoining rooms were left cowering behind their doors, waiting for the jihadists to break them down. But the militants left suddenly, apparently after kidnapping an allotted quota of victims.
And it was also announced on Saturday that a second group of 21 Egyptians had been kidnapped in Libya - this time from Misrata. It wasn't clear why Isil had seized two groups of 21 people.
Isil claims to have established affiliate groups in three different areas of Libya, a common destination for Egyptian Christians.
The government of President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi has faced heavy criticism from the families of the hostages, who say they have seen no concrete attempts to resolve the situation.

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