CAIRO: Major General Khalefa Haftar, the head of the Libyan Dignity Military Operation said Libya would assist Egypt in its military operations against the Islamic State group, and ”we strongly support their intervention hitting the terrorists’ bases.”
In a phone call to the Dream2 television channel Sunday night he said this crime “reveals the danger that faces Arab nations and must be stopped…We consider Cairo as a close ally.”
A video released by ISIS Sunday night showed a mass beheading of 21 kidnapped Egyptians near the Libyan coast, wearing orange jumpsuits similar to those other previous IS prisoners were forced to wear before execution.
President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi issued a statement assuring that Egypt has the right to respond to the crimes against its people, and early morning Monday, the military announced the launch of several air strikes to alleged IS hotbeds in Libya.
Several governments have condemned the attack, described it as a “criminal,” and announced a several-day mourning period.
“ We offer our condolences to the families of the victims and our support to the Egyptian government and people as they grieve for their fellow citizens. ISIL’s barbarity knows no bounds,” United States press secretary Josh Earnest released Sunday evening, adding “This heinous act once again underscores the urgent need for a political resolution to the conflict in Libya, the continuation of which only benefits terrorist groups, including ISIL.”
The French president Francois Hollande also condemned the “savage” killing of 21 Egyptians in Libya by Islamic State group. Hollande also had a telephone call with President Sisi Monday morning in which the two “underlined the importance of a United Nations Security Council resolution to face the dangers the group poses.”
The British Prime minister David Cameron also wrote on his Twitter account Sunday night describing the killing as ” barbaric and brutal.”