"Heinous and cowardly" murder of 21 Egyptians in Libya

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Displaced people in eastern Libya outside the town of Ajdabiya

The apparent murder of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya by an affiliate of the terrorist group the Islamic State (ISIL) has been condemned by the United Nations.

Media outlets have reported a video showing militants forcing a group of men to the ground and decapitating them.

ISIL is trying to impose its interpretation of Islam by terrorising people in the territories it controls in the Middle East.

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

The Egyptian men were reportedly in Libya in search of work before being seized by ISIL affiliates in the east of the country.

The UN Security Council called their apparent murder "heinous and cowardly", while stressing once more that ISIL must be defeated.

The Council emphasized that it is not intimidated by acts of barbarism but that they strengthen international efforts to counter terrorist groups.

It recalled that ISIL is included on the Al-Qaida sanctions list and is therefore subject to an asset freeze and arms embargo.

Meanwhile, the UN Secretary-General expressed his condolences to the families of those who lost their lives.

Ban Ki-moon reaffirmed that the ongoing dialogue in Libya is the best chance to help the country overcome its current crisis and confront terrorism.

Peace talks in Libya were reconvened last week to bring an end to factional fighting since Muammar al-Qhadafi was overthrown nearly four years ago.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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