(JNS.org) 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.”