Libya says at least 40 militants killed in air strikes

France, Egypt call for U.N. Security Council meeting on Libya

Men in orange jumpsuits purported to be Egyptian Christians held captive by the Islamic State (IS) kneel in front of armed men along a beach said to be near Tripoli, in this still image from an undated video made available on social media on February 15, 2015. Islamic State released the video on Sunday purporting to show the beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians kidnapped in Libya. In the video, militants in black marched the captives to a beach that the group said was near Tripoli. They were forced down onto their knees, then beheaded. Egypt's state news agency MENA quoted the spokesman for the Coptic Church as confirming that 21 Egyptian Christians believed to be held by Islamic State were dead. REUTERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Libyan air force commander said 40 to 50 militants were killed in Monday’s air strikes against Islamic State targets in Libya.
‘There are casualties among the individuals, ammunition and the communication centres belonging to them,’ Saqer al-Joroushi said on Egyptian state television. ‘The number of deaths are not less than 40 or 50 for sure,’ he said.
Egypt’s air force announced on Monday it had bombed Islamic State targets inside Libya, a day after the group released a video appearing to show the beheading of 21 Egyptians there. Libya said it had joined and coordinated with Egypt on the strikes.
France, Egypt call for U.N. Security Council meeting on Libya: French President Francois Hollande and his Egyptian counterpart called on Monday for the United Nations Security Council to meet over the security situation in Libya and take new measures after Egypt’s air force bombed Islamic State targets there.
Hollande and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi spoke on the telephone a day after the group released a video appearing to show the beheading of 21 Egyptians in Libya, Hollande’s office said in a statement.
‘They underscored the importance of the (U.N.) Security Council meeting and of the international community taking new measures to face up to the danger’ of the Islamic State, the statement said.

Source: New Age

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