Sisi in Coptic Orthodox Cathedral to offer condolences
Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi - AP

CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi headed Monday morning to the Saint Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo’s Abasseya district to offer his condolences for the mass execution of 21 Coptic Christians in Libya’s Sirte by the Islamic State group.

The Libyan branch of IS released Sunday evening a video showing the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians who were kidnapped in early January.

Egypt has the right to respond with “the adequate means to the execution of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians” by the Libyan branch of the Islamic State group, President Sisi announced in a televised address early Monday morning.

Sisi also announced a seven-day mourning period, and held an urgent meeting with the National Defense Council.

The Egyptian Armed Forces launched “concentrated airstrikes” targeting the Islamic State group and its weapons stores in Libya Monday dawn, it announced through a statement.

The strikes were carried out “in implementation of the decisions issued by the National Defense Council, and in Egypt’s right to defend its security and stability of its great people, in retribution and in response to the criminal acts by terrorist elements and organizations inside and outside the country.”

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