By Walid Shoebat (Shoebat Exclusive)
As a sequel to burning alive of the Jordanian POW pilot Moath All-Kasasseba, ISIS decided to behead 21 Christians on a beach front in Tripoli Libya as their magazine Dabiq said that its branch in Tripoli had captured randomly from an apartment complex after checking their identification cards which said “Coptic Christian” and then executed the 21 Christian Copts after being kidnapped late last year.
UPDATE: (THE VIDEO HERE IS ADDED ON THE 15TH DAY LATER AFTER THIS ARTICLE:
The undated photos showed the captive Coptic Christian workers wearing orange jumpsuits usually donned by Islamic State prisoners before they are executed by the jihadists.
ISIS as an excuse for the beheadings and the bombing of Our Lady of Deliverance Church in Baghdad which claimed the lives of dozens of Christians in Iraq at the time, saying that all this was “in revenge for the Camellia Shehata and Wafa Constantine and the other sisters tortured inside the Coptic church in Egypt”. The story was in reference to the two women, which erupted in much controversy in Egypt about unconfirmed reports the two had converted to Islam, and the intervention of the church at the time.
Grief and sorrow followed 6 villages (Alaour- Mnkerios- Dysh- Allsoppa- Aljebali- Samson) north of Minya, following the publication of the executions.
A video capturing a tour of one village where seven of the victims came from interviewing the grieving families which breaks the heart. It shows the depraved and sad condition of the Christian Copts in Egypt. The young men were simple bread winners who sent whatever they can glean from Libya to sustain their families back in Egypt:
Many Egyptians are angered. Mustafa Bakri a TV commentator could not hold his tears as he announced the news and had to stop airing the piece:
“Just now they announced the butchering of 21 Egyptians comes to us now. I have seen their family and have seen their pitiful condition and how they live in such poverty … young men, like roses” says Bakri asking for an intermission after he realized he could not hold his tears.
It is effecting Copts as it is Jordanians for the burning of their POW.
The terrorist magazine, said that the attack on the Baghdad church was planned by Huzaifa Batawi then, in collaboration with the ISIS senior military commander Abu Ibrahim al-Zaidi, who died.
ISIS justifying its target of Christians in Iraq that since it was away from Egypt which prevented them from carrying out attacks against Copts, but now since their penetration in Libya and now in Sinai, “it is easy to implement retaliatory attacks against Christians in Egypt” according to ISIS.
While the method of killing was not declared by ISIS, from the photo above, it becomes obvious that each of the executioners have a knife which the handle blade looks like the blade of a Samurai sword can clearly be seen and usually when ISIS dresses in the black attire, it is for a beheading scene.
ISIS declared in its magazine that every Muslim must kill Coptic Christians wherever they are found:
“And thus, the Islamic State strikes terror in the hearts of the Copts after it strikes terror in the hearts of their Catholic allies before … Finally it is important for Muslims everywhere to know that in the great reward to be found on Judgment Day for those who spill the blood of these Coptic Crusaders wherever they may be found”.
The reference to Catholics by ISIS is regarding the history of wars between Islam and the Catholic Church when Islam protested against Catholic doctrine.
All the kidnapped workers belong to the province of Minya from impoverished villages in Upper Egypt were kidnapped between late December and early January in the Libyan city of Sirte.
Sirte, 500 kilometres east of Tripoli, is in the hands of Ansar al-Sharia, which gave its allegiance to Caliph Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi the leader of ISIS.
Egypt’s foreign ministry is following the development and trying to verify the claims, spokesman Badr Abdel Atty has said.
On Thursday evening the Egyptian presidency issued a statement saying that it was following the matter closely and seeking to verify the information. The statement added that the committee assigned by President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi to follow the situation of the kidnapped workers was in contact with official and non-official Libyan sources in order to find out the latest developments in the case on the ground.
In January Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry assigned a special committee to secure the return of the kidnapped nationals.
The Islamic State also said its kidnapping of the workers “commemorates” the October 2010 bombing of the Catholic Church in Baghdad in 2010 which killed at least 58 Christians.
Several Coptic Christian Egyptians have been killed in Libya in recent years. Last year, the bodies of seven Christians who had been shot were found near the city of Benghazi.
In December, armed men abducted and murdered a Coptic teenager in Sirte after murdering her parents.
Thousands of Egyptians work in Libya, primarily in the construction industry.
Egypt renewed its warning against travel to Libya in December.
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