President Klaus Iohannis has labeled the beheading by IS-affiliated terrorists of Egyptian Christians in Libya as an act of unspeakable cruelty and barbarity, pointing out that these atrocities show there is urgent need of a political solution to this conflict in this country, and also to show zero tolerance towards such terrorist groups.
Egypt launches air strikes in response to execution of Copts
CAIRO -- The Egyptian Air Force overnight attacked multiple targets of the Islamic State in Libya in response to the killing of 21 Egyptian Copts.
Egyptian authorities said in a statement this morning that the attacks targeted IS camps, training grounds and weapons storage facilities in Derna, Libya.
Egypt launched air strikes on Islamic State (IS) targets in Libya in response to a video purporting to show the execution of 21 Egyptian Christians.
The air strikes, which were carried several hours after the release of the video, targeted training sites, camps and weapon storage areas, the BBC reports.
An Egyptian court on Feb. 2 confirmed death sentences against 183 men convicted of killing 13 police officers in a town near Cairo in August 2013.
In December the court had issued its preliminary verdict against 188 defendants in a mass trial, of which two were acquitted on Monday while one was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
The army of Libya's internationally recognized government announced on Jan. 18 that it would cease fire, two days after an Islamist-backed militia alliance announced a truce.
"We declare a ceasefire from midnight (2200 GMT) Sunday," said the army said, stressing however that it would continue to pursue "terrorists", as UN-brokered peace talks resume in Geneva next week.