IS Video Purports to Show Ethiopians Killed in Libya – Voice of America

Islamic State claims to have massacred 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya, in a video similar to previous publicized killings by the extremist militants.


The graphic footage posted online Sunday and viewed by VOA shows one group of men beheaded on a beach as they knelt in front of their executioners, and another shot in the back of the head at a different location.


The grisly deaths are documented at the end of a nearly 30-minute video that describes the Islamic State view on Christianity and its efforts to convert non-Muslims.


In February, the Islamic State released a similar video of IS members decapitating Egyptian Christians.


Arab League meeting planned


An Arab League official told the French news agency military chiefs from the region would meet in Cairo this week to discuss creating a joint military force against Islamic State militants.


A United States-led coalition of several regional partners continued attacks against the IS nerve-center on Sunday, with 12 airstrikes in Iraq and one in Syria.


Meanwhile, more than 90,000 people have fled their homes in Iraq’s western Anbar province as the Islamic State group has advanced into the area, the United Nations said Sunday.


“Our top priority is delivering life-saving assistance to people who are fleeing: food, water and shelter are highest on the list of priorities,” said Lise Grande the U.N. humanitarian coordinator for Iraq.


“Seeing people carrying what little they can and rushing for safety is heartbreaking,” Grande said.

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