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Video shows beheading of Copts at IS hands; Egypt declares week of mourning

21 Copts were abducted late last year; IS speaker says in English 'oh crusaders, safety for you will be only wishes' and vows to 'conquer Rome'; President Sisi says Egypt reserves right to retaliate

Ahram Online , Sunday 15 Feb 2015
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A snapshot from the video showing the IS speaker pointing towards the camera with his dagger
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A video released on Sunday by the jihadist Islamic State group (IS) on YouTube shows the beheading of more than a dozen men – purportedly Egyptian Christians – on a beach they said was in Libya's Tripoli.

Egypt's presidency confirmed the death of Egyptian hostages and announced a week of mourning, offering condolences to all Egyptians. The National Defence Council has also convened to discuss the situation, while President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said Egypt reserves its right to retaliate at the suitable time and place.

Twenty-one Coptic workers, mostly from impoverished villages in Upper Egypt, were kidnapped between late December and early January in the Libyan city of Sirte. Some of the hostages appear in the video.

The five-minute video, produced by IS' media organ Alhayat Media Center, shows in a Hollywood style a group of masked men dressed in black from head to toe. They lead another group of men whose hands are tied behind their backs and wearing orange jumpsuits.

After keeping them on their knees for a while, the men in black lay the victims face down and slit their throats using daggers. After the decapitation they place the heads on the bodies.

A masked militant donning military camouflage uniform – the only IS member not wearing the black uniform in the video – speaks fluent English, albeit with a foreign accent, before and after the execution.

"Oh people, recently you've seen us on the hills of Al-Sham [Greater Syria] and on Dabeq's Plain, chopping off the heads that had been carrying the cross delusion for a long time, filled with spite against Islam and Muslims, and today we… are sending another message: oh crusaders, safety for you will be only wishes."

"Especially when you're fighting us all together, therefore we will fight you all together until the war lays down its burdens and Jesus peace be upon him will descend, breaking the cross, killing the swine," the speaker continues.

He concludes with a reference to Osama Bin Laden, the Al-Qaeda leader who was killed by US forces in 2011. "The sea you've hidden Sheikh Osama Bin Laden's body in, we swear to Allah we will mix it with your blood."

The extremely graphic video, titled A Message Signed with Blood to the Nation of the Cross, ends with a shot of sea water mixed with blood, with jihadist hymns played.

Also near the end a subtitle reads in both Arabic and English, "This filthy blood is just some of what awaits you, in revenge for Camelia and her sisters."

Camelia Shehata was a wife of a Coptic priest who was allegedly detained by the Church after she was said to have converted to Islam. She later denied the claim. 

Photos of the hostages and militants, seemingly taken on the same day of the execution, were earlier published by Dabeq, IS' online English magazine that announced the kidnapping of the 21 Copts. 

Dabeq had said the kidnapping was to avenge the fate of Muslim women "tortured and murdered by the Coptic church of Egypt" and that the group's expansion into Libya allows it "to easily capture Coptic crusaders."

While pointing towards the sea with his dagger, the masked speaker vowed to "conquer Rome."

The latest high profile case of execution by the Islamic State group took place in early February when the jihadists killed Jordanian pilot Moaz All-Kasasseba – captured after his plane crashed in Syria in December – by burning him alive. 

Several Coptic Christians 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.

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Albert
16-02-2015 12:25am
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Two eyes for an eye
Two terrorists sentenced to death must be hanged tomorrow for every egyptian martyr assassinated by their daesh brothers in hell.
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Aly Sadek - Toronto-Canada
15-02-2015 11:34pm
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Egypt...EL SISI
.. I hope most of the countries in the World come together and destroy every last one of these terrorist cockroaches. There is no excuse for anyone.. these terrorists are nothing more than glorified murderer..I don't get how anyone can justify such brutality in the name of God...ISLAM... hopefully this will get Egypt to join in the offensive against these savages...in Libya and eradicate those PSYCHOTIC BLACK-PYJAMASE
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Sherif
16-02-2015 10:55am
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All blood is haram
I totally agree with you that who have perpetrated such brutalities are all made and phychopatics and retalitation is a must. However I wonder about the three muslims who have been murdered silently in USA. I wonder about the thousands who have been shot dead in Egypt as well as the many who have been burnt alive. When we denounce we should do for all. Daesh is a terrorist group as well as AL SIS, both do the same, all in the name of Islam. ISLAM HAS NO THING TO DO WITH THEIR ALL DEADS
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Mike Douglas
15-02-2015 11:09pm
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IS THERE NO LIMIT TO THE EVIL OF ISIS?
ISIS was truly set up by the Devil himself. This is the Devil's army, empowered to find new ways to debase humanity. They are even worse than the Nazis. Every captured ISIS member should get the same fate that they deal out to poor innocents. ISIS must be terminated with extreme prejudice!
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Gerry N.
15-02-2015 11:07pm
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Most evil
Our prayers must go out for the victims and there familys and out govenments must say enough is enough and join forces and remove this cancer from society. Take those responsible and place in jail, Throw away the keys but provide bread and water and pump air to them if necessary. This evil must be removed from our democratic society and some form of govenance must be developed to prevent this from ever happening again. One can only be remined of the Jews in WW2. Just horrific.
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Alton Rowe
15-02-2015 10:58pm
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Cruel cowards. interesting to note a lot of the murderers were left handed
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Alton Rowe
15-02-2015 10:58pm
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Cruel cowards. interesting to note a lot of the murderers were left handed
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Allen
15-02-2015 10:44pm
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Just one of the Many reasons Egypt is safe from these subhumans.
Will there be a demonstration in Qatar about these deaths.... No they are partners with IS not their victims. Will there be outrage from human rights organizations..... No they only concern themselves about the rights of terrorists.
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agnabi
16-02-2015 06:24am
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Please don't use this incident for your politic claim!
Instead of showing any sympathy to those victims first, your mouth just emits your hatred and doubt to your opponents. To you, everything bad comes from abroad, not inside. This means you have no habit of reflection and no habit of sympathize with others. Please check the meaning of "sympathy". Feeling the same, sharing sorrow.
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Aly Sadek - Toronto-Canada
15-02-2015 10:32pm
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..ONE SOLUTION TO THAT HEINOUS MONGOL BARBARIC ACT...INVADE LIBYA .....EGYPT FROM THE EASTERN FRONT , AND ALGERIA FROM THE WESTERN SIDE....JUST FLUSH THEM OUT OF OUR PLANET..THOSE SCUM-TRASH OF THE UNIVERS , CALLED.. DAESH . LONG LIVE ISLAM AND CHRISTIANITY IN EGYPT ..AS EGYPTIANS
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treza Girgis
16-02-2015 01:30am
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I hope the Lord will vanish those evil creatures from the face of the earth
treza Girgis
16-02-2015 01:30am
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I hope the Lord will vanish those evil creatures from the face of the earth
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