The Egyptian military on Monday, february 16, 2015 announced that it has bombed Islamic State (ISIS) targets in Libya after the terrorist organisation released footage of what appears to be the beheading of Coptic Christians.
A statement from Egyptian authorities said: “The airstrikes hit their targets accurately and our eagles returned to their bases safely.”
The footage released by ISIS shows the beheading of more than a dozen men on a beach, allegedly carried out by a Libyan affiliate of ISIS.
Egyptian authorities believe that about 21 Egyptian Christians abducted by the group in the Libyan coastal city of Sirte in two separate attacks in December and January have been killed.
The United Nations has condemned the killing of the 21 Egyptian Christians, releasing a statement saying: “This crime once again demonstrates the brutality of ISIL, which is responsible for thousands of crimes and abuses against people from all faiths, ethnicities and nationalities, and without regard to any basic value of humanity.”