CAIRO: The Fajr Libya militant group called on Egyptian nationals in Libya to leave within 48 hours “for their own safety from reprisals;” Egyptian state-owned Mena reported Monday.
A video published Sunday confirmed that 21 Egyptian Copts were beheaded by the Islamic State group in Libya, and in response, Egypt launched airstrikes in Libya’s Derna on IS targets Monday.
Fajr Libya also stated that possible acts of revenge “would inflame the situation between the two brotherly peoples.”
President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has also called urged the government to activate a previous decision to ban Egyptians from traveling to Libya and facilitate the return of the Egyptians who want to leave.
The decision to ban Egyptians was previously discussed by the crisis center, which was formed in January in the wake of the kidnapping of the 21 Egyptian Copts and a number of fishermen were reportedly stuck amid the security vacuum in the North African country.
Twenty-one fishermen were recently kidnapped from Misrata, reportedly by an Islamist militias. The head of the Fishermens’ Syndicate claimed they were kidnapped by Fajr Libya, however, the Foreign Ministry has announced it is still confirming their kidnapping.
Fajr Libya Islamist militants are among the Islamist militias who have announced their controlled of parts of western Libya as they are fighting against the Libyan national army, which is now based in Tabrouk.