Islamic State executes more Christians in Libya

The Islamic State flag. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( The Islamic State terror group on Sunday released a video showing its execution of about 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya.

The Christians were murdered in two groups. One group appears to have been executed on a beach along the Mediterranean Sea, while the other was slain in the desert in Libya. The Ethiopian government declared three days of mourning while it mulls a response.

Many Ethiopians and other Africans regularly go to Libya seeking to either be smuggled into Europe or find work. But Libya has proven to be a dangerous place for Christians of late, with Islamic State seeking to impose a fundamentalist Islamic government in the absence of a fully functioning Libyan central government, similar to the situations in Syria and Iraq.

In February, Islamic State terrorists murdered 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in a similar manner to the Ethiopian victims. The execution prompted Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to launch airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Libya. 

Coptic Solidarity, a U.S.-based Christian human rights group, condemned the “monstrous murders” in Libya and urged the international community to “urgently protect Christians and other minorities in the region.” 

Posted on April 20, 2015 .