Egypt ‘Cannot Confirm’ 21 Coptic Christians Killed By ISIS In Libya

Egypt ‘Cannot Confirm’ 21 Coptic Christians Killed By ISIS In Libya

Smoke billows over Tripoli as fighting intensified in July 2014.
Smoke billows over Tripoli as fighting intensified in July 2014.

Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri said there is communication with Libyan tribes and political entities to avoid “any deterioration of the situation” of the Egyptians kidnapped in Libya and to discuss the “possibility of extracting” them.

During a press conference on Saturday, the foreign minister described the issue as a “sensitive” one, adding “we recognize that this is a very serious situation and the potential for a negative development is always possible.”

Twenty-one Coptic Egyptians were abducted in the Libyan city of Sirte on two separate occasions in December and January, only one week apart.

Last week, pictures purported to show the Egyptian abductees went viral on social media after they were published by a magazine affiliated with Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria.

Egypt has maintained that reports on the abductees’ deaths have yet to be verified.

Shukri said everything possible is being done to ascertain what the situation is adding, “so far, we cannot confirm any reports on this.”

He said that within official bodies and within the context of international cooperation between security bodies, there is no reason to believe that such reports are correct.

“We must all be vigilant not to play in the hands of terrorist organizations by overreaction” or “by misinformation that might be fed to” the media, Shukri said.

Shukri has discussed the issue over the phone with his American, Russian, French and British counterparts and said there are preparations to discuss it with it with the Saudi, Emirati and Jordanian counterparts.

All consultations are within the framework of preparing the “international scene for any possibility,” he said.

Egypt’s foreign minister said there are many suggestions on protecting Arabic and Gulf national security, including ideas on creating “rapid intervention forces, Arabic forces” and “cooperation at the level of the armed forces.”

Fighting in Libya has intensified since the overthrow of late Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, reaching unprecedented levels over the past year.

Several Egyptians have been caught up in the militant fighting gripping the neighbouring country.

On Friday, the United States Department of State condemned the kidnappings and expressed sympathy for the kidnapped Egyptians in Libya and their families, but said it had no further information about the incident.

State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki said during a press briefing, “we’ve seen photos showing Egyptians kidnapped by terrorists in Libya,” adding, “I don’t have confirmation; we have just seen the photos.”

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  • All mysteries seem to be quite even
    The same also happened on 9/eleven
    Planes by remote control appeared to crash from heaven
    But Dov Zackheim missed one of the 3 with building Seven

    To all those who work for the media. In hope to find the courage to change ….…

    As all real journalists must know the ties and connection between ISIS and sen. John Mc Cain they should pull the cover off this masquerade. They know of the picture taken by sen. Mc Cain with Al Baghdadi, the chief of ISIS. This picture was even denunciated by sen. Rand Paul from Kentucky during his interview on September 16 2014. By feeding into the propaganda of ISIS you are also selling out the future of your children and that of all the next generations. The Beast is no abstract figure or the final coming of past prophecies. His name: George H. Bush, father of George W. Bush. First and only CIA director to also become US president. The coup d’état in the US silently happened on November 22 1963 with the JFK assassination. Since then the Beast worked by proxy starting with president Lynden Johnson who was also an oil man from Texas and friend of George H. Bush. Force and Violence will never succeed against the Beast that thrives on terror, wars and protests and is the ultimate master of Deception. Instead do all you can to make people aware of this selling out from the media and switch sides if you are part of the Beast entourage. The “yes, sir” of Humanity have sold their souls and betrayed the rest of the people for a bunch of silver. But why continuing to play the Monopoly game after someone has already stolen all the money?

    Watch how Jeb Bush gets elected.

  • President Sisi should go on National Television and announce that Egypt is now forced to directly intervene in Libya to help Egypt’s friends suffering in Libya and to save both Muslims and Christians from Radical Islamist elements, such as the Muslim Brotherhood and ISIL. In addition he should make it clear that Libya has become destabilized by the actions taken by the President of America Mr. Obama for taking military action to overthrow Qaddafi then leaving the situation for rival factions which caused countless to die. Egypt knows the American people are calling for action by the American President to Radical Islamist threat, however Mr. Obama will not even speak their name and hosts the Terrorist Muslim Brotherhood in the White House earlier in the Month.

    Further, President Sisi should state that Mr. Obama threatens to sanction Egypt for acting in Libya, Egypt will no longer bow to Mr. Obama’s threats and false “Red Lines” and instead will come to the aid of dying Christians and Muslims in Libya while Mr. Obama ponders his “Strategic Patience”, and unwillingness to call dead Jews in Paris at a Kosher Deli anything more than a “random act of violence against folks”.

    Egypt will therefore act,knowing the American people understand why Egypt acts as their emperor fiddles.

    That is what Sisi should say.

  • z-west

    The muslims are the new nazis. Carpet bomb mecca… like Dresden.


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