Security Council condemns killing of British aid worker by ISIL

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Security Council meeting. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

The killing of a British humanitarian worker by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has been strongly condemned by the Security Council.

A video released by ISIL late on Saturday showed the beheading of David Haines, who was abducted by militants in Syria last year.

In a statement issued on Sunday, the Security Council said "this crime is a reminder of the increasing dangers humanitarian personnel face every day in Syria."

It added that the execution "also once again demonstrates the brutality of ISIL, which is responsible for thousands of abuses against the Syrian and Iraqi people.

The members of the Security Council stressed again that ISIL must be defeated and the intolerance, violence and hatred it espouses stamped out.

They "demanded the immediate, safe and unconditional release of all those who are kept hostage by ISIL, Al-Nusra Front and all other individuals, groups, undertakings, and entities associated with Al-Qaida."

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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