Abbas Condemns ISIS Beheading of 21 Egyptian Copts

RAMALLAH, February 16, 2015 (WAFA) – President Mahmoud Abbas late Sunday condemned what he described as the barbarous murder of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians believed to had been kidnapped by the so-called ISIS-affiliated militants in Libya.

Abbas said the “heinous crime” testifies to the radical nature of ISIS, which stands for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, and that does not distinguish between Muslims and Christians when it comes to committing a crime of this type.

Last night, a video footage published online showed masked militants purportedly belonging to ISIS in Libya beheading 21 members of Egypt’s Coptic Christian minority on Libya’s coast.

Shortly after the video was released, the Egyptian Armed Forces said that its war planes had struck ISIS targets in Libya, shortly after President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi vowed revenge for the beheadings.

ISIS is originally based in Iraq and Syria, as the name itself suggests, but later announced it had spread through parts of Libya and the Sinai peninsula.