CAIRO: Egypt’s Foreign Ministry condemned the Islamic State’s (IS) murder of U.S. journalist James Foley, that it was a “barbaric and a brutal incident” that contradicts the teachings of Islam, according to their Thursday statement.
The murder is considered a severe violation to all humanitarian norms and morals, FM spokesperson Badr Abdel Atty said. International efforts should collaborate and confront “terrorism” as an international phenomenon that not only targets a specific area or religion but that targets the stability and development worldwide.
International NGOs and governments worldwide condemned the murder and expressed their deep condolences to Foley’s family.
France also issued a statement describing the incident as “barbaric” and “disgusting,” according to AFP. “This is a barbaric act that plays on fear,” government spokesman Stephane Le Foll told reporters.
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon condemned the Foley’s murder on Wednesday, calling it “abominable” and that “the perpetrators of this and other such horrific crimes must be brought to justice.”
Human Rights Watch (HRW) issued a statement Wednesday that it was a “war crime,” that Foley went to Syria to expose the crimes against the civilians since the beginning of the civil war against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime in 2011.
IS published a video online on Tuesday in which they beheaded Foley and threatened that U.S. civilian Steven Sotloff will face the same fate if the U.S. policy continues to be against them.
Foley worked in the Middle East for five years, covering the conflicts in Libya, Syria, and Afghanistan and has been missing since 2012.
Syria has been the most dangerous place for journalists in two years, with at least 69 journalists killed covering the events and more than 80 kidnapped, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said Wednesday.