Libya condemns killing of Ethiopian Christians by ISIL

Members of ISIL released the video showing the killing of 28 Ethiopian men. The footage switched between the shooting of 16 men in a desert area, and another 12 being beheaded on a beach. Libya is a popular way-point for people from sub-Saharan Africa trying to make the journey across to Europe, and was home to a substantial population of African migrant workers. Many believe that the men were traveling to get through the country and were captured, tortured and then later killed.

The European Union denounced the latest killings by ISIL as a “criminal” effort to create religious divisions. “This not a clash of civilisations, this not a fight between Islam and the West,” an EU spokesman said in a statement. “This is a criminal misuse of a noble religion to perpetrate terrorist attacks in a struggle for power.” The video bore the official logo of the ISIL media arm Al Furqan and resembled previous videos released by the group. A text on the screen identifies the men as “followers of the cross from the enemy Ethiopian Church”. The 29-minute video appears to show militants holding two groups of captives, one by an affiliate in eastern Libya known as Barka Province and the other by the Fazzan Province, an affiliate in the south. A masked fighter wielding a pistol says Christians must convert to Islam or pay a special tax prescribed by the Quran, before the captives in the south are shown being shot dead and the captives in the east are beheaded on a beach.In February, Egypt began airstrikes against ISIL targets in Libya hours after militants released a video purporting to show the mass beheading of Egyptian Christian hostages.

This past Thursday, there was a ceremony held here in Rochester NY for those men who were killed, in honor for them and their families. I have never been to a service that was held for people I did not know across the world, I was surprised that it was even held here in Rochester and that this really effected people that profoundly. This has been happening all over the United States apparently because a group of about 80 people came out to Howe Park in Sacramento came together to share their feelings about what is happening overseas and how it’s affecting people in Sacramento.b “Everyone was crying in their own private homes,” Mehadi said. “So bringing them together to this area, it gives us a chance to share the grief and to find a way to help those people.” Mehadi said Friday night’s gathering was the first of its kind the community center has held. They collected donations that are going to be sent to the victims’ families. The Ethiopian Community Center has been in the Sacramento area for about 30 years and has grown over the last five to roughly 10,000 people, Mehadi said. I’m not sure why I am so surprised that people all over the United States are coming together and holding ceremonies like this but it is definitely a first, which goes to show how big ISIS has become and how they really are affecting people all over the world, its crazy.


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